Capra Vineyards

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Chehalem Mountain Vineyard

Chehalem Mountain, Oregon

This site is oriented at the southeastern corner of the Chehalem Mountain AVA perched east of the Ribbon Ridge. A narrow valley, less than 300 feet wide, separates the two areas. In 1968, Oregon wine industry pioneer, Dick Erath, hand selected this site and planted the first vitis vinifera here.

AppellationChehalem Mountain, Oregon
Elevation300 – 520 ft
AspectPrimarily south, some southwest
VarietiesPinot Noir, Chardonnay
Total Acreage70
Planted Acres33.5

Characterized as “slow and steady,” this vineyard provides consistently high-quality fruit. The geologic episodes have created a soil base that honors its diverse and extreme volcanism, subduction, glaciation, and marine deposits. The region is a brilliant mix of ancient lava tuff beds spewed by volcanos as well as old uplifted and eroded seabeds.

The geologic foundation makes for diverse well-drained soils with a fabulous chemistry balance to support our lush vineyards. The optimal airflow and sedimentary soils along the crown ridge make this property spectacular for farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The aspect lends to ideal air drainage.

We are farming vines dating back to when Dick Erath pioneered this tantalizing and ever developing ridge along with new plantings. We currently have 31.5 acres of Pinot Noir with seven clones and a variety of spacing in each block.

Planted with a single vineyard pedigree in mind, our three distinct Chardonnay blocks are composed of three different clones in the northwest corner exploring the full range and capacity of this macro-climate.

In the spirit of the original trailblazer, we are developing 18 additional acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on this site.