Chehalem Mountains is the largest AVA in Oregon and includes Ribbon Ridge, the smallest AVA in the state and one of the smallest in the country. About 69 wineries and vineyards fill the area. All specialize in Pinot noir.
The Chehalem Mountains AVA includes some of Oregon’s best known: namesake Chehalem, Adelsheim, Archery Summit, Ponzi, and Rex Hill. But among them are some of our favorite small wineries – lesser known, some are new, all are fascinating and the wines have something original to say. Wineries we’ve found and recommend.
Wineries We’re Watching -
Noteworthy Small Wineries in the Chehalem AVA
Beckham Estate Vineyard – Rose, Pinot noir, new and promising
Bergstrom Wines – Josh Bergstrom was one of the youngest winemakers in Oregon when he made a splash with national attention for his Pinot noirs. A family winery, he continues to make some of Oregon’s top Pinots.
Colene Clemens Vineyards – Another new winery with a fascinating, classically styled Pinot noir. Winemaker Steve Goff was assistant at the iconic Beaux Freres Winery.
deLancellotti Family Vineyards – Demeter certified, a tough to achieve highest level of organic and sustainable grape growing.
J. Albin - John Albin was winemaker and vineyard manager at King Estate and his skill shows in the tiny amount of wine he makes. Beautiful Pinot noir, and he just recently released a Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon that we love.
Longplay Wine and Lia’s Vineyard – Whether it’s Todd Hansen’s passion for vinyl records or an equal enthusiasm for growing Pinot noir grapes, he brings something new and fascinating to Oregon wine.
Omero Cellars – Sarah Cabot makes about 100 cases of vivid, Burgundian Pinot noir. She worked at beautiful Belle Pente before Omero, and it shows.
Raptor Ridge – Annie and Scott Schull – well established but an “insider’s” winery selling most of their wine to fine restaurants, their mail list, and a few wine shops (including Avalon!)
White Rose Wines – Extraordinary views, tiny production Pinot noirs from the White Rose Vineyard, whose grapes are coveted by winemakers fortunate enough to get some.
Below, Willamette Valley AVA map, Chehalem Mountain AVA in yellow, sub-appellation Ribbon RIdge in brighter yellow.