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Willamette Valley Wine Oregon

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One of Pinot Noir's most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a continental climate moderated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant wines.

Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation vineyard sites.

The valley's three prominent soil types (volcanic, sedimentary and silty, loess) make it unique and create significant differences in wine styles among its vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based, Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. In the most southern stretch of the Willamette, the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA soils are mixed, shallow and well-drained. The Hills' close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor (which became its own appellation as of 2019) also creates grapes with great concentration and firm acidity, leading to wines that perfectly express both power and grace.

Though Pinot noir enjoys the limelight here, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay also thrive in the Willamette. Increasing curiosity has risen recently in the potential of others like Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc and Gamay.

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  • WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2005 Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2005
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2005 Front Label
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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2005 Front Label
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    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2005 Front Label
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris Cork-Free 2005 Front Label
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  • Domaine Serene Grace Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005  Front Label
    Domaine Serene Grace Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
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  • Archery Summit Renegade Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Archery Summit Renegade Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2005
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