2-Intro: Growing the Grapes
Great wines must begin with quality grapes, and that’s what makes the wines of the Yamhill Valley so distinctive.
Soil and climate make this small slice of Northwest Oregon an ideal location to grow the difficult Pinot Noir grape. Those conditions, similar to the reknown French Bordeaux, plus the performance of Yamhill Valley Pinot Noir winemakers over the past few decades, cretes oft-heard comparisons between the two great winemaking regions.
Valley vineyards are producing many other varietals of grapes with growing recognition for quality, and green agricultural practices have become the hallmark of many local vineyard operations.
Even in the midst of an excellent field, a few consistently show superior stuff in tending to the vineyards
The married team of Susan Meredith and Frank Mitchell made the transition to the Northwest
In the early 1970s, the Durants joined the pioneers of the Yamhill Valley vineyards industry
An inside look at some of the growing conditions faced annually by winegrowers of the Yamhill Valley