Mountains-Ribbon Ridge AVAs - established 2006 -
Cherry, Black Tea & Cinnamon
of the Willamette Valley (& Chehalem Mtns.) vineyards originate from the same
vines found in Burgundy France, one of the oldest wine growing regions in the
world. Historically known to supply wine to the Roman legions of Julius
Caesar, these unique vines result in remarkable red, white and rosť wines.
the more bold Pinot Noir wines come from the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Expect
Cherry, black tea and cinnamon.
Mountains AVA is a single uplifted landmass
in the northern Willamette Valley. It is the geography, climate & soils that differentiate this AVA from
others. All three important hillside soil types are represented, basaltic,
ocean sedimentary and loess (blown lake bed sediment), the predominant soil on
the northern face of the Chehalem Mountains.
The Chehalem Mountains
and Ribbon Ridge AVAs reflect millions of years of soil accretion, mixing,
blowing, and uplift, creating a rich geological experiment in one tightly
packed geographical area. Within this one region there are ancient, uplifted
sedimentary seabeds; weathered rich red soils from lava flows (CRBG) down the
Columbia River; and relatively new glacial sediment (AKA Missoula Floods)
scoured from western states and blown onto north-facing hillsides in
tumultuous windstorms. Soils so violently and differently formed pass on a
predictable complexity and unique taste in their wines. Itís an exciting
winemaking laboratory to experience the similarities and contrasts in the
wines of the Chehalem Mountains.
are nurtured with knowledge and care where you will surely find tireless
winemakers balancing on the edges of large vats, punching down the grape skins
so their color and flavors can be extracted into the juice as it becomes wine
and see new barrels and old stacked four high being topped-off by an
enterprising assistant. Here, great wines are made with pride and passion.
Key Producers in Chehelam Mountains
J. Christopher, Raptor Ridge, Rex Hill, Sineann, Ponzi Vineyards, J. Albin &
More about the Chehalem
Mountains-Ribbon Ridge AVAs:
The AVA includes several discrete spurs,
mountains and ridges, such as Ribbon Ridge and Parrott Mountain. The highest
point within the Willamette Valley is the Chehalem Mountainsí Bald Peak, at
1633 feet, which affects weather for the AVA and for adjoining grapegrowing
hillsides. Within the almost 70,000 acres of this AVA are over 1600 acres of grapes, grown in over 100 vineyards, and 31
NEWBERG, TOWN OF
pay homage to the historic community of Newberg, once a major shipping center
for the bounty of the Willamette Valley. Peaches, pears, nuts and berries were
canned and shipped from here to such prominent customers as the Queen of
below for events & for a complete list of wineries within this AVA.