Originally planted in 1972 by Carl Stevens, in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, the vineyard’s position in the throat of the Van Duzer corridor provides ample ventilation to temper the vines throughout the growing season and intensifies the diurnal effect of the site with its cool nights and warm to hot days. The vineyard’s beautiful soils result from a geologic history of plate tectonics, volcanism, and glaciation. More recently, alluvial deposits and erosion have made their mark.
|Appellation||Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon|
|Aspect||Gradually sloping west, some southwest|
|Varieties||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat, Pinot Gris|
While the AVA was established only a decade ago, this pioneering vineyard has proven itself time and time again to be a jewel that dynamically improves. Beyond the original 1972 planting, additional vines were added in 1980, 1984, 1990, 2006, and continuing today, reflecting the evolution of Willamette Valley.
The lower elevation of this site is silty Missoula Flood Deposits. These deposits are deep on the terrace and thin upslope where the silty material mantles older alluvium and clayey paleosol of the foothills. The lower and midslope positions have soils formed in sedimentary rocks and the silt thins. Higher up the slope, the soils formed in basalt and in basalt over sedimentary rocks. The Eola-Amity Hills are capped with Columbia River Basalt.
The vineyard soils cover a wide range of depths, available water holding capacity, and vigor potential, from the very deep well drained Jory to shallow and droughty Chehulpum and Rickreall soils. Included in this plethora of soils are Windygap, Saum, Nekia, Ritner, Gelderman, and Goodin.
Diversity makes this vineyard tremendously complex with blocks varying by slope break, aspects, and soil. We currently have 49 planted acres and 52 in development. The Van Duzer corridor wind flow is a natural mitigator of disease and fungal pressure. Couple that with strategic canopy management and a sustainable farming mindset, this vineyard has wonderful balance.