Our vineyards—our quintas—form the very foundation upon which our business is built: without the amazing fruit from our three vineyards, roughly 50 acres in total planted to vines, we would not be able to produce our great wines. Over the years of working with these vineyards, we are finding out just how unique each of the sites and their wines are. Out of respect for our vineyards, our upper tier wines are all single-vineyard wines, carefully vinified to showcase the unique terroir of each site.

Portuguese translation: Vineyard
Coelho Vineyard, the first of our three vineyards, is located three miles south of the winery and planted with 28.5 acres of Pinot Noir, one acre of Pinot Gris and 1.5 acres of Chardonnay.

Unique Terroir: Unique Vineyards, Unique Wines

map of Coelho vineyardsAfter years of working with our three vineyards, we have started to come to understand them better, employing site-specific canopy management, pruning, and crop thinning techniques that best enhance the natural differences in the vineyards and in the resulting wines. The wines from our three vineyards are fundamentally different from each other and given that they are all at roughly the same elevation and experience about the same weather, the biggest factor in distinguishing these wines is the soil.

In a word, Coelho Vineyard in the soon-to-be-approved Van Duzer Corridor AVA produces “humble” wines that the world recognizes as Willamette Valley wines. Food-friendly and born of rich valley floor soil, Coelho wines are medium- to light-bodied, with soft tannins, high acidity, and exhibiting red fruits such as pomegranate and cranberry. A great choice for any dinner.

In a word, Delfina Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA produces “sexy” wines. The soil here is rockier with more clay, yielding immediately attractive wines with a velvety texture, a piquant acidity, and expressing blue fruits such as blueberry and huckleberry. Choose one of these seductive wines for an intimate occasion.

In a word, Zeitoun Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA produces “mysterious” wines, fitting because we have no idea what clones of Pinot are planted in this vineyard. A badly overgrown project vineyard when we took it over, Zeitoun’s very rocky red clay soil produces wines immediately recognizable as Eola with earthy black fruit, a strong mid-palate, and grittier tannins. When you want to brood over ever changing flavors and aromas in your glass, ponder the mysteries of Zeitoun.

Nerding Out

For all of you into the details, have fun with the information below!

Coelho Vineyard, Willamette Valley AVA

27.5 ac. Pinot Noir (Pommard & Dijon 777 clone on 101-14 rootstock)
1 ac. Pinot Gris (Pinot gris 152 on 101-14 rootstock)
1.5 ac. Chardonnay (Chardonnay 76 graft to Dijon clone on 101-14 rootstock)
Non-irrigated, sustainably farmed (Salmon Safe & LIVE certified)
225-255 feet elevation
968 plants per acre
North South row alignment
Woodburn soil: young, volcanic and sedimentary
Vineyard located 3 miles south of winery
Willamette Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) (in the soon to be approved Van Duzer Corridor AVA)
Single curtain and vertical shoot position trellis system
Southern slope

Zeitoun Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills AVA

7 ac. Pinot Noir
Non-irrigated, sustainably farmed
225-375 feet elevation
1550 plants per acre
North South row alignment
Cottrell Silty Clay Loam, Saum-Parrett Complex (Silty Clay Loam)
Vineyard located 3.3 miles east of winery
Eola-Amity Hills American Viticulture Area (AVA)
Vertical shoot position trellis system
Southern slope

Delfina Vineyard, McMinnville AVA

15 ac. Pinot Noir (Dijon 777, 667, 115)
Non-irrigated, sustainably farmed
230-350 feet elevation
1000 plants per acre
Northwest Southeast row alignment
Volcanic; Carlton silt loam, Witzel-Dixonville
Vineyard located 4.4 miles west-northwest of winery
McMinnville American Viticulture Area (AVA)
Vertical shoot position trellis system
South/Southwest slope