OUR WINEMAKING

Fostering A Sense Of Place

The winemaking team at Cristom Vineyards may be one of the most experienced, qualified and dynamic groups in the industry today. We collectively have over 200 years of experience farming and making wines from the estate. With the same family ownership since 1992, we have been able to combine some of our original employees along with extraordinary newcomers to make benchmark Pinot Noir for the region and varietal. Owned and led by second-generation Winegrower Tom Gerrie since 2012, the Cristom winegrowing teams combine an extraordinary blend of experience, education, talent and know-how to make some of the most distinctive wines of place in the world.
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Our Winegrowing

Whole Clusters and Native Yeast Fermentations are the hallmarks of the Cristom winemaking style

The extensive use of whole clusters and the exclusive use of native yeast are defining characteristics of our winemaking. Wines are fermented in open top fermenters, with no pre-fermentation cold soak, and punched down 3 times a day.When the caps drop, and fermentation is complete, the wines are pressed lightly in a pneumatic press. The young wines are then moved into barrel by gravity and with no post-fermentation settling. The wines are aged in a large variety of Burgundian oak barrels. Single-vineyard wines and Sommers Reserve average about 50% new oak for 18 months and Mt Jefferson Cuvee averages about 25% new oak for 12 months. The wines are racked only if necessary. The final blend for Mt Jefferson Cuvee contains an average of 25% whole clusters and the final blends of the single-vineyard wines average around 50% whole clusters. Many of the decisions about whole clusters and the percentages of new oak are based on the vintage year. Bottling takes place under inert gas after a gentle fining by egg whites.

Following this whole cluster program and mentality, our style is designed to transcend any one winemaker and instead perpetually serve as a voice of our land and vines.

Cristom Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvée bottle

Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir

Our flagship wine, Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir, is a combination of barrels from benchmark vineyards around the Eola-Amity Hills AVA with a focus on the Cristom estate.

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ESTATE-FOCUSED PINOT NOIR

Bottle of Cristom Eileen Vineyard Pinot noir

Eileen VINEYARD

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16.6 acres, including 4 acres (all W densvil Clone) added in 2006. (550-720ft) This is our highest elevation vineyard. It faces almost entirely to the Southeast. First vintage 2000. Production about 700 cases.

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Bottle of Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot noir

Jessie VINEYARD

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11.5 acres. (320-560ft) Jessie has a diverse range of soil types and it’s on one of the steepest vineyard sites in Oregon. It faces due East. First vintage 1998. Production about 700 cases.

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Bottle of Cristom Louise Vineyard Pinot noir

Louise VINEYARD

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9.25 acres. (300-440ft) Closest to the winery, Louise Vineyard was the !rst vineyard to be established by Cristom. It has some of the earliest and latest ripening fruit due to a late afternoon sun shadow on the upper slopes. First vintage 1996. Production about 700 cases.

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Bottle of Cristom Marjorie Vineyard Pinot noir

Marjorie Vineyard

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8.5 acres. (480-600ft) Originally planted (ownrooted) in 1982. Marjorie Vineyard is unique among our single-vineyards because of its wider spacing and lower density of 605 vines per acre. It was the only vineyard that Cristom kept when the property was purchased in 1992. It is currently being replanted in sections due to Phyloxera. First vintage 1994. Production about 300 cases.

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Bottle of Cristom Paul Gerrie Vineyard Pinot noir

Paul Gerrie Vineyard

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CHARDONNAY

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Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Gris

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Louise Vineyard Chardonnay

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Other Wines

Bottle of Willamette Valley Cristom Pinot noir

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Cristom Eileen Pinot noir bottle

AVA & SOIL SERIES PINOTS

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Cristom Syrah bottle

Syrah

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Cristom rosé bottle

Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir

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Cristom Pinot gris bottle

Pinot Gris

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Viognier

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