Our Vineyards

Distinguished Sites of Place

Cristom Vineyards is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, an independent volcanic island chain in the center of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. The soils are dynamic and varied and the winds can be fierce defining our region and hillside and help to craft wines with a foundation of bright acid structure. We farm 90 acres (36.4 hectares) of vines across a total of 240 acres (97.1 hectares) on our east facing estate that rises from 200 feet (61 meters) to more than 790 feet (241 meters). Along with more than 76 acres (30.8 hectares) of Pinot Noir, we have just over 9 acres (3.7 hectares) of estate Chardonnay planted in three of our vineyards.
The five estate vineyards – Eileen, Jessie, Louise, Marjorie and Paul Gerrie Vineyard – are all named for family members of the founding Gerrie family. Each site is farmed with the attention to maximize the potential of the vintage and express the natural variances in soil, elevation and exposition in the glass.
Eileen Vineyard
Jessie Vineyard
Louise Vineyard
Marjorie Vineyard
Paul Gerrie Vineyard

Interactive Vineyard Map

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Cristom is about 10 miles north of Salem, Oregon and 10 miles south of Dundee. We are about 36 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and about 65 miles west of the crest of the Cascade Range. We are about 1/2 mile from the 45th parallel.
The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is infuenced, and primarily defned by, cool afternoon breezes that blow off the Pacific Ocean. This wind blows directly east and finds its way through the Van Duzer Corridor that is the lowest point in the Pacific Coast Range. It has the effect of quickly lowering vineyard temperatures after warm summer days, helping to preserve acidity and structure in our wines.
Our soils are comprised of a wide range of mineral rich volcanic materials that are very well drained. This diversity of soil is a true hallmark of our property and lends itself to diverse single-vineyard bottlings as well as harmonious cuvees pulling from each of the five estate vineyard sites.
Our vineyards have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) since 2007. In November 2017, we made the decision to redefine our farming practices at Cristom Vineyards to include a multitude of winegrowing and agricultural paradigms including: organic and biodynamic farming principles, agro-ecology, permaculture and integrative pest management methods.
HOW WE FARM

GROWER VINEYARDS

We are proud to source fruit from the Willamette Valley’s most coveted vineyards. We have a long-standing relationship with the farmers of each of these vineyards and are proud to include their fruit in our most well-known and distributed wine, the Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir.
Arcus vineyard

Arcus VINEYARD
Dundee Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

Originally planted in 1973, Archery Summit’s Arcus Vineyard is a steep, bowl shaped planting that produces extremely low yields resulting in intensely complex and floral wines.

Durant VINEYARD
Dundee Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

The Durant family were pioneers in Willamette Valley viticulture, first establishing Durant Vineyard in 1973 with the first Pinot Noir vines being planted on a south facing slope over deep volcanic soil in the heart of the Dundee Hills.

Canary Hill vineyard

Canary Hill VINEYARD
Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

Original planting began at Canary Hill Vineyard in 1983 and we have been fortunate to purchase fruit from some of the old vines since our first vintage in 1992.  Now owned by Ken Wright, the vineyard delivers an expression of Pinot Noir that has both power and finesse.

Eola Springs vineyard

Eola Springs VINEYARD
Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

Originally planted in 1972 by Carl Stevens, in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, the vineyard’s position in the throat of the Van Duzer corridor provides ample ventilation to temper the vines throughout the growing season and intensifies the diurnal effect of the site with its cool nights and warm to hot days. The vineyard’s beautiful soils result from a geologic history of plate tectonics, volcanism, and glaciation. More recently, alluvial deposits and erosion have made their mark.

While the AVA was established only a decade ago, this pioneering vineyard has proven itself time and time again to be a jewel that dynamically improves. Beyond the original 1972 planting, additional vines were added in 1980, 1984, 1990, 2006, and continuing today, reflecting the evolution of Willamette Valley.

Holmes Hill vineyard

Holmes Hill VINEYARD
Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

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Vineyards with hills

Larry Stone VINEYARD
Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

Established in 2013, Larry Stone Vineyard is 66-acres situated next door to Seven Springs Vineyard on a gentle east-facing slope of deep volcanic soil in the Eola Hills.  The precise wines show effusive energy with refined structure and stony minerality.

Seven Springs vineyard

Seven Springs VINEYARD
Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

Established in the early 1980’s by the MacDonald family, Cristom first purchased Pinot Noir from Seven Springs Vineyard in 1992.  Owned by Evening Land since 2007, the east facing site is planted primarily over deep volcanic soils, and the high elevation and strong influence of Pacific Ocean winds lead to riveting wines driven by focused acidity and minerality

Van Oehson VINEYARD
Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Vineyard Bio

Planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir over a wide range of volcanic soils including Jory, Nekia and Witzel, Von Oehson Vineyard faces east rising to 500 feet in the Eola Hills.

Hyland vineyard

Hyland VINEYARD
McMinnville AVA

Vineyard Bio

Originally planted in 1971, Hyland is one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley.  Planted on a south-facing slope in deep, volcanic Jory soil, to heritage clones of Pinot Noir including Coury and Wädenswil, the vineyard produces elegant and focused wines.

Meredith Mitchell vineyard

Meredith Mitchell Vineyard
McMinnville AVA

Vineyard Bio

Established in 1988, Meredith Mitchell Vineyard showcases a combination of own-rooted Pommard clone Pinot Noir planted over shallow, rocky basalt soils.  Now farmed biodynamically the vineyard displays flavors of bright fruit on the palate, with high acidity, precision and focus in the glass.

Ridgecrest vineyard

Ridgecrest VINEYARD
Ribbon Ridge AVA

Vineyard Bio

Ridgecrest Vineyard, established in 1982 by Harry Pederson-Nedry, were the first vines planted in Ribbon Ridge.  Almost isolated near the top of Ribbon Ridge Road, the vineyard sits upon ancient marine soil deeply impacted by cold afternoon winds.

Trisaetum vineyard

Trisaetum VINEYARD
Ribbon Ridge AVA

Vineyard Bio

Once under the Pacific Ocean, the soils of Trisaetum’s Ribbon Ridge Estate are predominantly ancient marine sediments including Bellpine, Wellsdale and Dupee.  Owned by the Frey family and established in 2005, the rolling slopes of Trisaetum are planted to the western flank of Ribbon Ridge

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