Oregon adds a new AVA in the Willamette Valley

Lower Long Tom, the newest appellation in Oregon, just received federal recognition as Oregon’s 22nd American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Courtesy Benton-Lane Winery

Drawn to reflect distinct soil, topography, and climate attributes, Lower Long Tom joins nine other Oregon AVAs within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, and is the first in the Southern Willamette Valley.

Eugene, OR by Joey Hamilton

Located just northwest of Eugene, Lower Long Tom is characterized by a chain of rolling hills separated by east-to-west valleys, cut by the tributaries of the region’s namesake, the Long Tom River.

Vineyards in the appellation sit on stream-cut ridge lines, with Bellpine soil as the predominate soil type. These shallow, clay-loam soils are formed from ancient marine sediments, primarily sandstone. To the west, the region is sheltered by a stretch of significant peaks within the Coast Range, which serve as a weather shield. These peaks redirect cooler ocean air north and south leaving Lower Long Tom somewhat warmer than surrounding areas. The result is consistent grape maturity.

Lower Long Tom AVA map

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Total AVA acreage: 25,000
Planted acreage: 575
Wineries: 12
Vineyards: 24
Varieties: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot gris, and more

Long Tom is a regional name associated with the Kalapuyan people who have lived in the area for more than 10,000 years. The name is used in recognition of the ongoing contributions of the Kalapuyan people in the local community and across Oregon.

Courtesy Pfieffer Vineyards & Winery

Lower Long Tom Wineries

Antiquum Farm
Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company
Bradshaw Vineyard
Brigadoon Wine Co.
Benton-Lane Winery
Five Fourteen Vineyard
High Pass Winery
Pfeiffer Vineyards and Winery
Poco Collina
Rainsong Winery
Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company
Walnut Ridge Vineyard

Lower Long Tom Vineyards

Bellpine Vineyard
Chardonnay Way
Davis Reid Vineyard
Evans Vineyard
Fitzpatrick Vineyard
Gelardi Vineyard
Grace Hill Vineyard
Hildebrand Ranch
Kliewers Weinberg
Kokkeler Vineyard
Moriah Vineyard
Priddy Vineyard
Stroda Vineyard
Sunny Mountain
Union School

*Many of the wineries above also include an estate vineyard