Stoller Vineyards is located at almost the center of the North Willamette Appellation and its soils and slope make it an accurate representation of Oregon’s North Willamette Pinot noir vineyards.
The careful planning of owner and consultants, and the experience drawn from previously planted vineyards, make this site's vineyard a true "second generation" Oregon vineyard. The vineyard incorporates spacing, trellising, clonal selections, and irrigation techniques that have been developed over the last 30 years by pioneering winemakers across the Willamette Valley.
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With the advice of Harry Peterson-Nedry (Chehalem co-owner), Patrice Rion (winemaker from Burgundy who has given them advice over the years), vineyard consultant Allen Holstein, and Joel Myers, they planted 10 acres each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyard now encompasses 121 acres, mostly planted to Pinot noir.
The vineyard has steep hillsides, rocky, low yielding Jory type soil, and the terrain bears a distinct resemblance to the famed Corton Vineyard in Burgundy, leading some winemakers to refer to Stoller as “Corton Hill”.
Melissa Burr has been the chief winemaker for Stoller Vineyards for the past nine vintages. Under her guidance, Stoller's Chardonnays and Pinot noirs have received high praise and good scores from numerous sources. Her interest in wine started at a wine tasting she happened onto at an organic grocery store. She then studied winemaking at Chemeketa and fermentation science at OSU. She has gotten experience along the way by working with great teachers like Rich Cushman, Ray Walsh, and, of course, Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem who is in partnership with the Stoller family. Stoller's current offerings are either designated SV for “senior vines” or JV for “junior vines”.
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