About the Eola-Amity Hills AVA
The Eola-Amity Hills is a playground for winegrowers, winemakers, and wine lovers just one hour southwest of Portland. Celebrated for diverse plantings, premium wine offerings, and adventurous and luxurious tasting rooms, this region offers everything wine country has to impart – from the rugged to the refined.
Cool air drives personality.
The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is contained within the Willamette Valley AVA and is located northwest of Salem, Oregon’s state capitol. The main ridge of the Eola Hills runs north-south and has numerous lateral ridges on both sides that run east-west. The majority of the region’s vineyard sites exist at elevations between 250 to 700 feet (75-215 m).
The climate in the Eola-Amity Hills is greatly influenced by its position due east of the Van Duzer Corridor, which provides a break in the Coast Range that allows cool Pacific Ocean air to flow through. This decreases temperatures in the region dramatically, especially during late summer afternoons, helping grapes retain acidity as they ripen.
Wines produced from this region offer high acidity, firm structure, and a darker, edgier personality.
The agricultural history of this area near Salem dates back to the mid-1850s, though it wasn’t until the 1970s that winemakers started to discover the area as having ideal growing conditions for high-quality wine grapes. It was around this time that a few modern pioneers, including Don Byard of Hidden Springs, planted a patchwork of vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills. Soon after, others followed suit and today this area produces world-class, handcrafted cool-climate varietals. The appellation became official in 2006.
It’s hard to express the beauty of the Eola-Amity Hills region in words, so we make wine.
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- Established: 2006
- Total Area: 39,200 acres (15,900 ha)
- Planted Area: 3,040 acres (1,230 ha)
- Predominant Varieties: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gamay noir
- Predominant Soils: Marine sedimentary and volcanic