Southern Oregon dairyman Joe Ginet was in the milking business for 30 years before he decided that Pleasance Ranch could produce much more. Joe”™s family had a history of both wine and farming, and being a third-generation farmer who first bought his ranch in 1979, he was accustomed to hard work and learning. When Joe decided he wanted to branch out into the wine business, he had cousins come in from France to help plant vineyards and teach the grafting business. Now on the ranch, instead of a dairy welding shop, you find a commercial kitchen. In place of a milk tank room you will find a tasting room. And what was once a milking parlor is now a barrel room.
Today Pleasance offers a huge number of wine styles and guarantees every visitor to try something that they have never tasted before. It has been a slow road to success but most recently Pleasance has been making a name for itself with award winning selections. The 2013 CarmÃ©nÃ¨re was selected as a Great Northwest Wine of the Week, the 2013 Syrah won a gold medal at the 2016 Cascade Wine Competition and best red honors at the Oregon Wine Competition, and the 15 year commitment of MondeusÃ© picked up a gold medal as well.
Joe Ginet is also one of the founding members of the Oregon Wine Experience, which now raises more than $500,000 a year for the Asante Children”™s Miracle Network.
Plaisance Ranch still provides fantastic organic beef, with no hormones or antibiotics, which can be found at Ruby”™s restaurant, Shop & Cart and Ashland Food Co-op. You can join their wine club for special discounts and benefits including special events, advanced notification of releases, and quarterly bottles.