Ribbon Ridge AVA - 2005
Welcome to Ribbon Ridge where rich history
was born, as Ribbon Ridge was named in 1865. Ribbon
Ridge has been called an "island-like ridge", standing alone in the heart of the
Willamette Valley. It is another one of Oregon’s new “small but mighty”
This appellation boasts a who’s who of Willamette Valley producers,
including the likes of Beaux Freres, Brick House, Bergstrom, Patricia Green, Adelsheim
Ribbon Ridge is actually in the Chehalem
Mountains but because it’s on the southern lip of the mountains that has a
slightly different soil and weather type, it earned its own AVA. Ribbon Ridge is
where you’ll find the intense cranberry flavors and rustic earthy notes that is
recognized as Oregon Pinot Noir.
is a very regular spur of ocean and glacial sediment uplift off the northwest end of the Chehalem Mountains, containing a relatively uniform 3350
acres of land. About 500 acres are currently planted on the ridge,
within 20 vineyards. The AVA is distinguished by uniform, unique
ocean and glacial sedimentary soils
down to the glacial, alluvial level of about 250 ft. These fine, marine
nutrient-depleted sedimentary soils stress the vines making for great wine.
The geography is protected climatically by the larger
landmasses surrounding it, making it slightly warmer.