Almost thirty years ago Harry Peterson-Nedry began scouting potential vineyard locations in Oregon's burgeoning wine country. He soon discovered what's now called Ribbon Ridge, an ancient, uniform sedimentary hillside at the extreme western end of the Chehalem Mountains. There, he planted the Ridgecrest Vineyard, Chehalem's oldest, in 1982.
Varietals Produced at Chehalem
Its 55 acres, composed of silty, clay loam, are planted primarily to Pinot Noir, alongside Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Gamay Noir, and Riesling. Now Ridgecrest has been joined by two other estate vineyards, and Chehalem has acquired one of the Willamette Valley's top reputations for Pinot Noir and white varieties. Pinot Noirs emphasize elegance and restraint, while the Pinot Gris shows delicious spice and just a kiss of Alsatian sweetness. Also look for the INOX unoaked Chardonnay, which offers echoes of Chablis.