About Us

photo4Anne and Mike McCleskey survived growing up on the windy plains of Wyoming. They were amazed to find green things growing here on a visit to Oregon and moved in 1968. A Navy experience allowed outings in the vineyards of Europe that developed into a passion and they shipped their passion home with them to Tigard, Oregon. Horseleap Vineyard, named after Mike’s ancestral home in Ireland, was realized in 1992. Pinot was planted in 2002. Dr. Mike avows, (and Anne agrees), “A glass of pinot each day beats the hell out of an apple; not too much, but, certainly, not too little.”

Horseleap Vineyard, named after Mike’s ancestral home in Ireland, was realized in 1992.  Pinot was planted in 2002. Dr. Mike avows, (and Anne agrees), “A glass of pinot each day beats the hell out of an apple; not too much, but, certainly, not too little.”


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Mike McCleskey
Mike left the icy plains of Wyoming to attend medical school in Portland, Oregon. Following a family practice residency and military service, Dr. Mike returned to Tigard, Oregon to begin his family practice. After a quick Thirty-three years, he retired. His retirement is being enriched by a hobby that has grown into a passion. Mike hopes to grow, produce, and share award-winning wine.
 

 

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Anne McCleskey
Anne Campbell McCleskey was born in the same Wyoming town as her husband Mike; in fact, the same doctor delivered them. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, the couple moved to Portland, Oregon, so Mike could attend medical school. During those four years, Anne taught at a local business college as well as giving birth to Tom and Michelle.

In 1990 the McCleskey’s bought ten acres in Washington County to build a home, and it was here that they established Horseleap Vineyard. Anne worked for their homebuilder for seven years, and then became full time manager of the vineyard as well as working among the vines. When Mike retired in 2010, the couple began making and marketing their McCleskey Cellars wines.
 


History
Horseleap, Ireland, is located on the main highway about midway between Dublin and Galway Bay. Legend says that in about 1300 an English lord lived in a castle near the town. The English were not very popular with the local Irish youth. One day the young lord had ventured outside the castle when he was accosted by Horseleap men. The lord, fearing for his life, raced back to the castle with the English brigands in full chase. As the young lord neared the castle, those inside feared for their lives and raised the draw bridge. The English lord was saved when his noble horse leaped the castle wall and the imprints of his hooves in the stone below gave the town its name. In the middle of the nineteenth century a potato famine hit Ireland forcing many poor people to migrate to the United States. Mike McCleskey’s grandfather, Michael Dunn, was one of the immigrants. He moved to St. Anthony, Iowa, where he married Annie O’Reilly. They were the original Mike and Anne. When Mike and Anne McCleskey decided on a name for their vineyard, Horseleap was their first choice. Anne’s maiden name was Campbell so she shares Mike’s Celtic pride. Horseleap, Ireland

In the middle of the nineteenth century a potato famine hit Ireland forcing many poor people to migrate to the United States. Mike McCleskey’s grandfather, Michael Dunn, was one of the immigrants. He moved to St. Anthony, Iowa, where he married Annie O’Reilly. They were the original Mike and Anne. When Mike and Anne McCleskey decided on a name for their vineyard, Horseleap was their first choice. Anne’s maiden name was Campbell so she shares Mike’s Celtic pride.