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.