Willamette Valley AVA


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About

Concentrated grapegrowing in Oregon began here, with initial plantings in 1966 and ongoing vineyard growth in the intervening forty years adding over 10,000 acres, largely because of the benign but challenging cool climate and the protection of mountains on eastern and western boundaries—and, also largely because of one grape variety, Pinot noir. A large AVA of 3,438,000 acres (5372 square miles), running from Portland in the north to Eugene in the south, it includes rich alluvial soils on the valley floor, that are great for agriculture but inappropriate for high quality grapegrowing, and a selection of volcanic, loess and sedimentary soils on hillsides of varying mesoclimates.

To acknowledge the uniqueness of certain smaller growing hillsides inside the valley, AVA designation was requested for six areas in the northern valley, which contain sixty per-cent of the currently planted acreage of the Willamette Valley. All these new AVAs have minimum elevations around 200 feet; some also have a maximum of 1000 feet.
 
Willamette Valley Wineries


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Quick Facts

Established: 1983
Wineries: 592
Vineyards: 756
Total Area: 3,438,000 acres
Planted Area: 24,436 acres
Most common grape varieties: Pinot noir (68%), Pinot gris (17%), Chardonnay (8%)


 

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A few weeks ago we had the most perfect little Saturday out in the upper Willamette Valley wine country! 😍🍷LIVE on the blog is a detailed account of our visit to both lemelsonwinery + eminentdomaine , two of my faves! But WAIT! Tell me YOUR favorite winery to visit in the comments below 👇+ then head to the link in my bio and check out my latest post! 😘
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The days are long but the years are short, might as well enjoy a nice glass of wine. Lately I’ve been enjoying this Rose from stollerwine! After the babes are in bed I like to pretend I’m actually at the vineyards instead of tripping over Hot Wheels as I make my way to collapse on the couch. Thank you so much #stollerwines for providing me a mini-escape back to Oregon (especially since I was pregnant when I was there and couldn’t partake). Want a mini getaway to the vineyards from your living room? Use code STOLLER to save 15% #drinkstoller #wvwines #oregonwine ...

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It’s FriYAY everyone! 🙌 We made it! 😋Poured myself a glass of soterwines rosè 🍷(I was srsly CRAVING it!) and headed to the back porch this time.😆Tyler has the grill fired up, and we are READY! What’s on your weekend agenda?!😍
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Our winemaking team has been busy processing the fruit coming in as Harvest continues as scheduled. Early Chardonnay grapes were picked and pressed a few weeks ago ready to become part of our 2020 sparkling wine vintage 👏🏼




#bubbles #chardonnay #wvwines #oregonwine #oregon #winetime #wvcommunity #harvest #chehalemwines #pnw #winemaking #sparklingwine
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I’ve completely eliminated drinking wine during the week, so come Thursday, I’m excited to pick out my weekend bottle. Tomorrow I’ll be sipping on this 2015 L’Altra Linea Dundee Hills Pinot Noir from furiosovineyard. I picked this up in the tasting room over a year ago so my memory is foggy on the details and notes, but I must have liked it to bring it home!🤷‍♀️🍷

Tell me what you plan to open this weekend! ⬇️
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#passthepinot #dundeehills #oregonwine #wvwines #willamettevalleywine #willamettevalley #pinot #redwine #almosttheweekend #happyfall #weekendplans #winelover #winereviewer #winestagram #detroittigers #michigander #thursdaymotivation
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Life goes on in our vineyards. ❤️ #budbreak 📸bethelheightsvineyard ...

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‼️Hot off the press: NBA superstar CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers will be the 2020 Ambassador for the annual Willamette: the Pinot Noir Auction, the annual trade auction which opens today.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Currently in Orlando, Florida, McCollum is sheltered inside the “NBA Bubble" which, according to ESPN, has been importing wine from the outside world far more than any other refreshment. 3jmccollum has long been a fan of Willamette Pinot noir and is the region’s newest winemaker, having announced the launch of his own wine brand heritage91wine in partnership with adelsheim a few months back.
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The Blazers play the Dallas Mavericks today at 3:30 PM PST, and we'll be tuning in because we have a new favorite player #RipCity 🏀
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Keeper of the Barrels, Princess of the Pinot ♥️ We love her cool demeanor and are always thrilled when her mother, Winemaker Katie Santora brings her to work at the winery. 🍷🐾 Happy #nationaldogday Mani!




#pinotnoir #wvwines #oregonwine #pdxpups #adoptdontshop #dogsofinsta #gowinetasting #wine #oregon #vineyarddog #winedog
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"This was the first year that we had a team of all interns from the United States. The five of them ranged in experience and background. Coming together during a pandemic and getting through harvest was challenging but we had the right team for the job. 2020 will be one for the books. Cheers to our Harvest Team!" - Katie Santora, Winemaker. Learn more about our interns - follow the 🔗 in profile!




#harvest2020 #winetime #winemaking #chehalemwines #wvcommunity #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #wvwines #oregonwine #gowinetasting #winemakerslife
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Views of Downtown Newberg from the top of our Corral Creek Vineyard. Our thoughts go out to first responders and those affected by the nearby fires - stay safe!




#nofilter #wvwines #vineyardviews #wvcommunity #newbergoregon #redskies #firstrespondersfirst #oregon #wildfiresunset #oregonwine #pinotnoir #chehalemwines
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Chehalem's first-ever sparkling wine was tiraged a couple of weeks ago. The process generally takes 3-5 years before disgorging and release, but we are looking forward to joining the sparkling wine game!




#chehalemwines #sparklingwine #winemaking #wvcommunity #wvwines #oregonwine #bubbles #dreamteam #womenwinemakers #gowinetasting
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Harvest 2020 is starting up, and we want to celebrate that! We are counting down the days until we can begin picking our first grapes destined for our sparkling wines. 🍾

With these unprecedented times, it’s nice to know we’ll still have the #OregonWine we know and love. We will be partnering with some of our neighbors in the following weeks to #CelebrateOregonHarvest and provide food and clothing for families in need. #FeedOregon
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We're excited to unveil our two new guest homes, each located at our estate vineyard locations: Bell Road Farmhouse and Chehalem House. Enjoy 20% off standard rates for non-members; members receive an additional 20% off special rates. This offer is valid for stays of two nights or more in either of the two homes, now through December 31, 2020.
Tour the homes online now! 🔗 in profile




#beourguest #chehalemwines #wvwines #staycation #rentalproperty #vineyardviews #wvcommunity #chehalemmountainsava #wine #traveloregon #travelblogger #pnw #winetasting #winelover
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It's about time to pop a cork.🍷 ...

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Saturday, June 13 is #nationalroséday 💖 Read a book, call a friend, or find a few minutes to do something to recharge, refuel and renew. Then join us in the tasting room and pick up our newly released Rosé of Pinot noir or take advantage of our June overnight shipping specials. 🔗 in profile - Cheers to the weekend!




#youhadmeatrosé #drinkpink #rosé #cheers #weekendvibes #winetime #wvwines #oregonwine #wvcommunity #traveloregon #quiettime #winestagram
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The perfect ending to an 𝓪𝓶𝓪𝔃𝓲𝓷𝓰 weekend. Time to sit and relax with a glass of Pinot Noir Rose from stollerwine.

How did you end your weekend?

Use STOLLER to get 15% off your next bottle.

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"Good Day Sunshine" 🎶 ...

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Happy International Pinot Noir Day! 🎉For this very special occasion, I’ve put together different categories featuring Oregon Pinot Noir - all based solely on my opinion and experience. ⁣😀

🍷Favorite Pinot Noirs I’ve Had in 2020:⁣
1999 from beauxfreres (thanks decanterberrytales)⁣
2010 From stinnocentwine (thanks kylemaxb)⁣
2012 Beacon Hill from whiteroseestate

🍷Favorite New Producer I Discovered in 2020:⁣
granville_wines

🍷Favorite New-ish Producers I’ve Discovered in the Last Couple of Years:⁣
hazelferncellars
domainedivio
madvioletswineco ⁣
walterscottwines

🍷Long-Time Favorite Producer:⁣
alexanawinery

🍷Winemaker I’d Most like to Meet:⁣
lynnpa ⁣

🍷Best for Cellaring/Really Go the Distance:⁣
cristomwine
bergstromwines
beauxfreres
domainedrouhinoregon

🍷Oregon Pinot Noirs that First Got Me Hooked:⁣
patriciagreencellars
jchristopherwines
bethelheightsvineyard

What would you add to these categories? Full disclaimer that I’m going to miss a ton of fantastic producers here, but I wanted it to be very off the top of my head and the first thoughts that came to mind. 😊⁣⬇️

Opening Pinot Noir today to celebrate? If so, let me know which one! ⁣🍷🍷🍷
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Winemaker, Katie Santora and her dog, Mani headed up to walk the Ridgecrest Vineyard this morning and sample some of the ripening fruit. Planted in 1990, Ridgecrest was the first vineyard in what would be the famed Ribbon Ridge AVA. Located in a cooler microclimate, Ridgecrest tends to be about a week later – from bud break through harvest – than our other estate vineyards. It is planted to seven different Pinot Noir clones. The wines from this site tend to be big and brambly, with black-fruit aromas and flavors like blackberry, and black cherry. A wine club favorite, we can’t wait to see what the 2020 vintage brings!




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We believe that there’s a better way to do business. That’s why Chehalem is proud to be a Certified B Corporation! This means we’ve met the highest verified standard of social and environmental impact. You can follow our community of businesses acting as a force for good at bcorporation




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Why is the “noir” lowercase in this (and only this) vintage of the Beaux Frères Vineyard portfolio?
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Recently, a great friend of ours, Rich Schaefer (thewinewedrink), was enjoying this exact wine and sent along this question. According to Michael “The Dad” Etzel, our founding partner, the answer is shrouded slightly by time, given the nearly twenty years since the one-off decision was made.
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He remembers being momentarily swayed by the rationale of none other than Papa Pinot himself, David Lett, whose eyrievineyards bottles presented (as they still do to this day) what many argue is the accurate grammatical spelling of the varietal. As for why this change only stuck for one vintage, the decision to return to the version we had traditionally used and continue to employ - “Pinot Noir” - seems to have been a purely aesthetic decision.
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While an argument around grammar may be the last thing some of us want to pair with our Pinot, we’d love to hear some perspective from both sides of the aisle. Where does this debate stand today?
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Beaux Frères founding captain, Michael G. Etzel, scouting out our block at Guadalupe Vineyard in his daily driver, a 1972 Datsun 521 pickup.
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We’re seeing an exceptional amount of site diversity this vintage, with Mother Nature looking poised to deliver a beautiful burst of energy as we approach the finish line. Just about ready to pull the anchors up and set sail on 2020!

📸 by careycritchlow sequiturwine


#harvest2020 #oregonwinecountry #willamettevalley #winelover #vineyardlife #vineyardviews #datsunpickup #datsun521 #oregon #winemaker #wvwines #vintage2020 #beauxfreres #winestagram #winecountry #beauxfrères
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We are thrilled to re-open our Tasting Room doors today! 🍷We appreciate your patience, and respectfulness in advance as we work to provide you the classic Dobbes Family Estate experience with some extra safety precautions. We will be sporting masks but trust us, there are giant smiles underneath. We cannot wait to see you soon! We recommend making a reservation to assure you have a table waiting for you! Link in bio to make a reservation. ...

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Who’s drinking some wine this weekend?🍷 ...

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Welcome back to the Dundee Hills!⁣
The Langes welcome you to visit their hilltop Estate. Enjoy our carefully curated wines while enjoying sweeping views and mindfully attentive service in our spacious environs, both indoors and out. Reservations are required for all visitors. Parties are limited to a total of six guests. Please visit www.langewinery.com to learn more about us and to book your next visit.⁣

📌 : Tastings by reservation only.⁣
📍 : langewinery⁣
📸 : janinesoltmanphotography
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Wishing you a happy Monday from and our Tasting Room crew! Come sip on some wine with us this week; we are open every day from 11am-6pm.🍷 ...

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Thanks to all of our extended Dobbes family for coming by this weekend to pick up our new releases. We are here 11am-6pm today and tomorrow with ashwoodfired pizza today and renegade_catering food truck tomorrow. 😊 ...

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Food pairing of the week: Sirpa's Smokey Shrimp Chowder with our 2017 Chardonnay. Absolutely delicious! ...

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Unprecedented wildfires are burning across Oregon and plumes of smoke and ash have inundated the Willamette Valley. These frightening and unpredictable events have us all holding our breath, but the dedicated team of ¡Salud! nurses trudges on. ⁠⠀
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The mobile wellness clinic made a stop at stollerwine today to provide no-cost healthcare services to vineyard workers who are embarking on one of the most challenging harvests to date, all with the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. ⁠⠀
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If you would like to support the ¡Salud! team of nurses as they meet this new challenge head on, visit the link in our bio to make a one time contribution. Our hearts are with everyone in Oregon suddenly facing the threat of wildfire and hope everyone is staying safe.⁠⠀
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