About the Laurelwood District AVA
Established in 2020, the Laurelwood District AVA sits along the northern edge of the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Here well-draining Laurelwood soils, rich in iron and Missoula flood deposits, contribute to the distinct character.
Rich. Distinct. Vibrant.
The Laurelwood District AVA, one of Oregon’s newest AVAs, was approved in June 2020. Principals from Ponzi Vineyards and Dion Vineyards championed its petition. This AVA, which is nested within the Chehalem Mountains AVA, comprises more than 25 wineries and 70 vineyards.
The Laurelwood District’s boundary is the predominance of a unique soil series recognized as Laurelwood, found on the north- and east-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains. The Laurelwood District AVA encompasses over 33,000 acres and includes the highest elevation in the Willamette Valley, at 1,633 feet. Laurelwood soil is composed of a 15-million-year-old basalt base with a loess (windblown freshwater silt) top layer accumulated over the past 200,000 years and at depths of 4’ to 0” depending on the elevation.
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- Established: 2020
- Total Area: 33,600 acres (13,597 ha)
- Planted Area: 975 acres (395 ha)
- Predominant Varieties: Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay
- Predominant Soils: Loess (Laurelwood)