We are one of the founding members of the Ribbon Ridge Winegrower’s Association, a twenty member organization of winery and vineyard owners dedicated to informing the wine buying public of the unique quality of Pinot Noir produced with fruit sourced from this American Viticulture Area (AVA) located within the greater Willamette Valley AVA.
With only 1000 planted acres and any additional plantable acreage in short supply, the Ribbon Ridge AVA is one of the smallest grape growing areas within the Willamette Valley. Wines produced from this little corner of the Willamette Valley are scarce and much sought after. Please visit Ribbon Ridge AVA for more information.
As described by the Oregon Wine Board website, Ribbon Ridge is a sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley AVA that sits 22 miles southwest of Portland, 4 miles northwest of Dundee and 40 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Ribbon Ridge is contained within the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA – which is contained within the Willamette Valley AVA.
In 1980, Harry Peterson-Nedry planted the first wine grapes on Ribbon Ridge at his Ridgecrest Vineyards. Two years later, the first commercial vineyard was established with the planting of 54 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It was Yamhill Valley Vineyards who first used these grapes to make wine in 1985. Other vineyards were soon planted on this relatively small ridge. The appellation became official in 2005.
Protected by geographical features to the north, south and west, Ribbon Ridge’s grape-growing hillsides are slightly warmer and drier when compared to the adjacent valley floors. Ribbon Ridge’s moderate climate is well suited for early grape growth in the spring, consistent and even ripening over the summer and a long, full maturing season in the fall.
The Ribbon Ridge region contains primarily sedimentary soils that are younger, finer and more uniform than the alluvial sedimentary and volcanic soils of neighboring regions. These moderately deep, well-drained silty-clay loam soils are part of the Willakenzie soil series and are of low fertility and ideal for growing high-quality wine grapes.