Our vineyard sits in the northwest corner of the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area (AVA), just north of Elk Cove’s Mt. Richmond vineyards. It is planted on marine sediment soils, at an elevation between 500-550 ft, with a south to southwest facing slope. This part of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA is somewhat drier than the rest due to its proximity to the rain shadow of the coast range.
Our initial planting in 2011 of ten acres includes three acres of Pinot noir 115, four acres of Pinot noir Pommard and three acres of Pinot noir 777. The second leaf was cut back to two buds in 2012, and one cane was laid down for our first crop, our third leaf, in 2013. Grapes were sold to Elk Cove Vineyards, Tendril Wine Cellars, and Copper Belt Wines. This year will be our fourth leaf, and we have laid down two canes per vine. The vines are still a few years away from maturing into a full crop.