About Oregon

 

Oregon- Cool Climate Perfection

 

West of the Cascade Mountain range, Oregon offers prime sites for Pinot Noir, producing wine so compelling it has outpaced 90+ point acclaim from other Pinot-growing regions around the world. Oregon's famed Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area and its sub-appellation, Ribbon Ridge, enjoy long, cool growing seasons that allow the uncompromising, thin-skinned Pinot Noir grapes conditions they need to fully ripen.


Acclaim: Although (in the world scope) Oregon represents a fraction of the total Pinot Noir production, it has soared in its 90-point + acclaim, proportionately outscoring other Pinot Noir growing areas.

Well-established: The first post-Prohibition vineyards were planted in Oregon in 1961, and David Lett planted the first Willamette Valley Pinot Noir in 1965.

Soils: The Willamette Valley's old, volcanic and sedimentary seabed, overlaid with gravel, silt, rock and boulders was brought by the Missoula Floods. Red Jory soil, the most common found above 300 feet, provides excellent drainage for superior quality wine grapes. There are numerous soils within the Willamette Valley alone, each imparting character on Oregon Pinot Noir.