Our vineyard lies on south and southwest slopes at elevations from 250-450 feet, which offers the maximum degree days for fruit ripening. Vines include Dijon (115, 777,113) and Pommard clones.
The Eola-Amity Hills are located about an hour south of Portland on the cusp of the Coastal Range that separates the Willamette Valley from the Pacific Ocean. The moderating influence of the Van Duzer corridor through the coastal range, combined with the bowl-like shape of our site, provides ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir.
Cherry Hill vineyard was planted in 1998 after extensive soil analysis revealed that the native Jory soils were beautifully suited to pinot noir. Jory subsoils present in the vineyard include nekia, hazelair, chehulpum, steiwer and bellpine.
The cool climate and rich soil combine to create Pinot Noir fruit of deep color, complex aromas, and distinctively concentrated flavors. We’re blessed to have a variety of soils, facings and elevations to work with, and learning to ‘paint’ with this varied palette is one of our most exciting prospects for the future. As Mike Sweeney (Cherry Hill Vineyard owner) likes to say, “God was good to Cherry Hill.”