I n 1994, a retired couple, Russ and Margaret Lyon, purchased 23 acres of hay meadow just east of Jacksonville, Oregon and began Daisy Creek Farm. The Lyons planted two acres of grapes, grew and baled hay and built a house and a barn. Over the next 26+ years of blood, sweat and tears, they slowly added to what is now Daisy Creek Vineyard. Today the vineyard and winery features half of its acreage in vines which produce eight different varieties of wine grapes and includes an expansive outdoor patio providing a comfortable wine tasting area.

Russ is continually active working the vineyard daily and producing consistently delicious wines in numerous varietals. Margaret, sadly, after fighting many very difficult physical health battles, peacefully joined our lord in heaven, late in 2020. In the later part summer 2020, their daughter Jennifer Powers, has joined Russ in the business at Daisy Creek with hopes of assisting him carry on the Daisy Creek Vineyard traditions.

C omparable in latitude to the Rhone Valley of Southeastern France, Daisy Creek Vineyard sits at 1350 ASL and exhibits an average number of days with temperatures in the vineyard that fall within the optimal growing temperatures for grapes. These factors correlate with the Rhone Valley, in particular, the Northern Rhone and the famous Côte Rotie or “Roasted Slope” of that region which has for centuries cultivated Syrah and Viognier grapes.  Some of the best red and white wines in the world come from these grapes. Given these similarities, Daisy Creek chose these varieties as focal plantings.