Quintet is one of ten founding members of the Ribbon Ridge Winegrower’s Association, a thirty-five member organization of winery and vineyard owners dedicated to enlightening the wine buying public of the excellence of Pinot noir wine originating from this American Viticulture Area (AVA). Ribbon Ridge’s unique attributes qualifies it as a distinct wine-growing area within the greater Willamette Valley AVA.
With small hillside vineyards of 10-30 acres on average and any additional acreage in short supply, the Ribbon Ridge AVA is one of the smallest and most exclusive grape growing areas within Willamette Valley. Wines produced from this little corner of the Willamette Valley are scarce and much sought after.
Climate and Soils
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 growing areas. 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.
The Ribbon Ridge region contains primarily marine sedimentary soils that are younger, finer and more uniform than the alluvial sedimentary and volcanic soils of neighboring regions. These soils are of low fertility and ideal for growing high-quality wine grapes.
Ribbon Ridge is a sub-appellation of the general Willamette Valley AVA. It sits 22 miles southwest of Portland, 3 miles west of Newberg by following highway 240 until you follow the signs and turn right to head up the hill.