About the Van Duzer Corridor AVA
Throughout the anomaly in the Coast Range known as the Van Duzer Corridor, buffering winds create the perfect paradigm to produce world-class Pinot noir wines that showcase mouthwatering acidity and tension in their tannin expression.
Bold. Expressive. Distinct.
The Van Duzer Corridor AVA is contained within the Willamette Valley AVA and is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Portland and 40 miles (64 km) east of the Pacific Ocean. The AVA is named after the Van Duzer Corridor, a natural break in the Coast Range that results in 40-50% stronger winds in the afternoon compared to other Willamette Valley AVAs. Direct coastal wind exposure results in cooler average temperatures and higher grape skin-to-pulp ratios, producing wines with more phenolic structure, densely structured tannins and firm acids.
The Van Duzer Corridor is comprised primarily of marine sedimentary soil. The region’s trademark afternoon winds combined with these soils result in Pinot noirs offering notes of dark fruits, tea leaf and earth. White wines tend to have bright fruit and acid-driven profiles complimented by weight and texture.
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- Established: 2019
- Total Area: 59,850 acres (24,220 ha)
- Planted Area: 1,000 acres (405 ha)
- Predominant Varieties: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Riesling, Pinot blanc, Sauvignon blanc
- Predominant Soils: Marine sedimentary