Belle Vallee Cellars
HISTORICAL INFORMATION ABOUT BELLE VALLEE CELLARS
Belle Vallee operates an 18,000 square foot winery in downtown Corvallis. An urban winery, it is located in a small office park close to downtown.
Belle Vallee Cellars currently contracts with thirteen vineyards to produce the high quality grapes used in its wines. Winemaker, Joseph Wright, has worked with many of the vineyard managers over the past nine years, and has developed a great familiarity with the fruit we have selectively contracted. This knowledge helps develop the consistency and unique qualities of Belle Vallee Cellars' wines.
Joe's style is to blend the wines by obtaining grapes from a variety of top locations within Oregon. This approach helps build complex wines with depth and character beyond the reach of a single vineyard. Wines are aged in new French oak, using from 60-100% new oak. All of their premium red wines are unfiltered and unfined.
Belle Vallee's Vineyards
From the winery:
Winter's Hill Vineyard is owned and
managed by Peter, Emily and Russel Gladhart. The vineyard was originally
planted in 1990. It is located
in the West Dundee Hills of Oregon. Winter's Hill Vineyard provided Belle
Vallee Cellars with Pinot Noir grapes for our Whole Cluster and
Vintage programs in 2002 and 2003 harvests. The entire vineyard is certified
by LIVE of Oregon (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) as Sustainable
and Salmon Safe.
Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in
the eastern foothills of the Coast Range just south of Dallas, Oregon.
It is owned and managed by Dan and
Helen Dusschee. The vineyard was planted in 1980. Our Whole Cluster program
benefited from this vineyard s grapes in 2002 and 2003. As part of our
2003 and upcoming harvests, Freedom Hill fruit will qualify for our Cuvee,
Reserve, and Vintage blending programs.
Vitae Springs Vineyard is located in the West Salem Hills in Salem, Oregon and is owned by Earl and Pam Van Volkinburg. Their son, Joel Van Volkinburg, manages the vineyards, first established in 1986. In 2002, Belle Vallee Cellars used Vitae Springs' Dijon Pinot Noir clones in the Cuvee and Reserve wines. As part of our 2003 program and upcoming harvests, Vitae Springs' fruit will qualify for our Cuvee, Reserve, and Vintage blending programs.
Lemelson Vineyards (Stermer Vineyard)
Lemelson Vineyards (Stermer Vineyard)
are owned by Eric Lemelson. The vineyard, originally planted in 1997,
is located on the western edge
of Yamhill County, near the town of Carlton, Oregon. The Stermer Vineyard
was part of our 2003 harvest and provides Belle Vallee Cellars
with Pinot Noir grapes that might qualify for our Cuvee, Reserve,
and Vintage blending programs.
Planted in 1993, by owners Al and Arlene Looney, Rainbows End Vineyard
is located two miles west of Monroe, Oregon, in the eastern foothills
of the coastal range. In 2002, we used their fruit in our Vintage program.
As part of our 2003 and upcoming harvests, Rainbows End fruit may qualify
for our Reserve and Vintage blending programs.
Established in 1976, Alpine Vineyard
is located in southern Benton County, and includes some of the oldest,
best reputed Pinot Noir vines in the
region. Owners Dan and Christine Jepsen were pioneers in the early Oregon
winemaking industry. As part of our 2003 program and upcoming harvests,
Alpine fruit will qualify for our Cuvee, Reserve, and Vintage
Elton Vineyard was planted in 1983
with the Pommard clone of the Pinot Noir grape. It is located on the
east side of the Eola Hills above Hopewell,
Oregon. Dick and Betty O'Brien own and manage the vineyard. With Elton
Vineyard's reputation as one of Oregon's top vineyards, Belle Vallee
Cellars is pleased to be adding their grapes in the 2004 harvest for
qualification in our Cuvee and Reserve programs.
Located in Gold Hill, some fifteen miles north of Medford, Del Rio Vineyards
is quickly building a solid reputation for the Rogue Valley. Owned by
Lee Traynham and owner/managers Rob and Jolee Wallace, the vineyard was
planted in 1998. Del Rio Vineyard provided obtained fruit in 2003 for
our upcoming Syrah release.