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The smallest AVA in the Willamette Valley at a mere 5 ¼ square miles, Ribbon Ridge is nonetheless home to twenty vineyards and half as many wineries. This tiny spot on the beak of the parrot-shaped Chehalam Mountain AVA sits between 250’ and 631’ above sea level—45 minutes from Portland off of Highway 240. It’s a geological anomaly, like any self-respecting appellation. The topsoil is beautiful, dark, sedimentary soil called Willakenzie (the name coming from a blending of the Willamette and McKenzie rivers). This is “younger” soil for the Willamette Valley, from the Missoula Floods, just 15,000 years ago. Normally, this is soil would be considered too rich for viticulture because the vines grow too easily. The plant puts its energy into growing up, not down, vines not roots, and that’s not the recipe to produce great wine. But it’s a very shallow layer – in some vineyards as little as eighteen inches – with sandstone beneath. The shallow topsoil doesn’t retain much water in the summer, so the youngest vines are almost immediately, heavily stressed for moisture. What does this impart to the wine? “It’s one of the more tannically structured in the Willamette Valley,” says Marcus Goodfellow of Matello. “The flavors are focused around red fruit, and I think loamy earth characteristics. Strawberry and cherry are the base and it builds from that. Tannins and acid are always pronounced, which is very similar to what you find in Burgundy.” There’s a tension between the acidity and the tannins, he goes on. It’s that tension that personifies the “iron fist in a velvet glove” that makes great Pinot Noir. But these are wines that are in it for the long run: “The pronounced acidity and tannins are maybe not what you’d think of for dinner tonight,” says Marcus, “but to my mind, I think, “This is a wine that will age well.” That they do—not being so readily drinkable as their peers down the road in Yamhill-Carlton. It takes a few extra years for that structure to mellow (the word “patience” frequently comes up in reviews) but the payoff is brilliant: plenty of spice and floral aromatics, elegant but focused fruit flavors. Expect big results from this compact AVA. ~Rob Boss

Ayres Vineyard & Winery

Ayres Vineyard & Winery | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 17971 NE Lewis Rogers Lane Newberg, Oregon 97132

Aramenta Cellars

Aramenta Cellars | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 17979 NE Lewis Rogers Lane Newberg, Oregon 97132

Brick House Wine Company

Brick House Wine Company | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 18200 Lewis Rogers Lane Newberg, Oregon 97132

Utopia Vineyard and Cellars

Utopia Vineyard and Cellars | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 17445 NE Ribbon Ridge Rd. Newberg, Oregon 97132

Domaine Divio

Domaine Divio | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 16435 NE Lewis Rogers Ln Newberg, Oregon 97132

Redman Wines

Redman Wines | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 18975 NE Ribbon Ridge Road Newberg, Oregon 97132

Claygate Estate Vineyards

Claygate Estate Vineyards | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 17205 NE Dopp Rd. Newberg, Oregon 97132

Trisaetum Vineyards

Trisaetum Vineyards | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 18401 Ribbon Ridge Road Newberg, Oregon 97132

Styring Vineyards

Styring Vineyards | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 19960 NE Ribbon Ridge Rd. Newberg, Oregon 97132

Quercus Wines – Closed

Quercus Wines - Closed | Newberg, Oregon | Ribbon Ridge Wineries

cat-icon 18975 NE Ribbon Ridge Rd Newberg, Oregon 97132