The Ribbon Ridge Vineyards site is located on the shoulder of Ribbon Ridge in Yamhill County in close proximity to Chehalem's Ridgecrest Vineyard, Beaux Freres Vineyard, Brick House Vineyard, Whistling Ridge Vineyard and Patricia Green Cellars. The predominant soil type has long been considered Willakenzie clay loam, though more recent surveys indicate a variety of clay loam soils on Ribbon Ridge, with six related soil types found in Ribbon Ridge Vineyards. The entire property encompasses 41.13 acres, with approximately 12 acres cleared and 30 acres in timber.
In Spring 2001, nine acres of grapes were planted on ten acres. These plantings produced a limited commercial harvest in 2003 and produced a full harvest of 27 tons of grapes in 2006 - enough to produce up to 1600 cases of wine. An additional 11 acres is plantable and is targeted to be planted over the next several years bringing the total vineyard acreage to 20 acres.
Half of the harvests are contracted to Scott Paul wines. His fruit from the 2003 Ribbon Ridge Vineyard harvest was used exclusively in his 2003 Audrey cuvee. This cuvee, awarded 90 points by Wine Spectator and Highly Recommended by Northwest Palate Magazine, was sold out prior to its official release in early 2005. We are delighted to have Scott work with our fruit. He developed a well-deserved following producing extraordinary pinot noirs from some of the leading California vineyards and is now focused exclusively on Oregon pinot noirs. We are glad to welcome him to Oregon and are extremely confident that our fruit could not be in better hands.
In 2006 and 2007 a small amount of fruit was also purchased by Andrew Rich, another great winemaker producing highly sought-after pinot noirs.
The balance of the fruit is used in our estate and reserve pinot noir. (See the Winemaking link.)
Vineyard Development Strategy
Techniques and strategies that historically have yielded excellent results.
Clones and Rootstock
Pommard and Dijon 777 grafted onto 3309C rootstock.
Grow tubes, drain tile, electronic temperature monitors, and Oregon LIVE.