McMinnville AVA

McMinnville AVA

About the McMinnville AVA

The vineyards and wineries of the McMinnville AVA lie west of the namesake town amongst the rolling coast range foothills. The unique geology, climate and geography of this region allow our winegrowers to consistently produce world-class wines. Join them in this serene corner of Oregon wine country to taste wines and make lasting memories.

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Enchanting. Impactful. Serene.

The McMinnville AVA is contained within the Willamette Valley AVA, sitting in the Coast Range foothills just west of the city of McMinnville, approximately 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Portland. Geologically, the most distinctive feature in this area is the Nestucca Formation, a 2,000-foot (610 m) thick bedrock formation that extends west of the city of McMinnville to the slopes of the Coast Range. This formation is weathered sedimentary and volcanic soil sitting on top of marine bedrock, which affects the region’s ground water composition, forcing vines to struggle and produce complex fruit.

Compared to surrounding areas, McMinnville is, on average, cooler and drier, consisting of higher elevation vineyards (up to 1,000 feet (305 m)) that are resistant to frost. Vineyards situated on the more southerly facing sites take advantage of the cooling winds from the Van Duzer Corridor, a break in the Coast Range that allows cool Pacific Ocean air to flow through, thus dropping evening temperatures in the region, which helps to keep grapes retain their acidity as they ripen.

Pinot noirs from McMinnville typically exhibit a strong backbone of tannin with darker fruit flavors that are rounded out by spice, mineral and earth notes. White wines from this region are bright and fruit-forward.

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  • Established: 2005
  • Total Area: 36,900 acres (14,900 ha)
  • Planted Area: 750 acres (305 ha)
  • Predominant Varieties: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Riesling, Pinot blanc
  • Predominant Soils: Marine sedimentary, marine bedrock and volcanic

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