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Oregon's Willamette Valley is a Paradise of Pinot Noir and More

Oregon's Willamette Valley is a Paradise of Pinot Noir and More

Last month I spent a bit more than a week in Oregon and Washington tasting wine in a number of different regions. A couple of those days where spent just south of Portland in the Willamette Valley, home to, among others things, lots of great pinot noir. Here’s a rundown of some of the very best wines from some of these visits. I heartily recommend drinking the wines these folks make, and visiting these vineyards when you’re in Willamette Valley.

Alloro Vineyard

This boutique winery sits on 78 acres in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Home to lovely, site-driven wines, the property has an Italian villa feel that extends to the warm hospitality the winery offers. Recommended: Alloro Vineyard 2014 Chardonnay ($34). A mere 114 cases of this wine were produced. Anjou pear and green apple aromas are present on the nose. Bits of brioche are apparent on the palate, and it supports the core of orchard fruits, spice, and wisps of citrus. The mineral-driven finish is long and pleasing. Here’s a chardonnay that screams with typicity, as well as expressing the place it came from.

Bergström Winery

I spent a fair chunk of an afternoon tasting wine with Josh Bergström. During that time we explored several vintages of different chardonnay and pinot noir. It was fascinating to learn how the winery has evolved as a producer and how Bergström himself has grown as a winemaker. One of the biggest changes in recent years has been his picking choices: He now harvests the fruit a bit earlier than he used to. The result is balanced, vineyard-driven wines with years of aging potential. Recommended: Bergström Wines 2014 Sigrid Chardonnay ($90). This wine is composed of fruit from each of the five estate vineyards, which are farmed using biodynamic practices. Green apple aromas light up the nose alongside hints of tangerine zest. Minerals notes, continued bits of green apple, and lemon ice are all apparent on the well-structured palate. The lengthy finish shows off hints of flaky biscuit. I tasted four vintages of Sigrid, dating back to 2007. This is a consistently phenomenal chardonnay that shows wonderful vintage variation. Delicious at release, Sigrid will age well for years to come.

Chehalem Wines

Chehalem has a history that dates back to 1980. In that time it has become equally adept at producing both white and red varieties. Pinot gris, pinot blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, and gamay noir are a few of the fine wines I sampled alongside winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry. Across the board, these wines are well-balanced, food-loving, and fairly priced. The winery's downtown tasting room is a charming and convenient place to sample its wares. Recommended: Chehalem 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir ($80). Fewer than 500 cases of this single-vineyard pinot noir were produced. All of the fruit came from Ridgecrest Vineyards in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. The black cherry hue of this wine shimmers in the glass. The aromas of dark fruit dominate the nose alongside bits of spice. The palate, which has reasonable heft, is stuffed with dark fruits, leather, and spices to spare. Bits of chicory, a dusting of cocoa, and cherry characteristics are all part of the long and impressive finish.

Domaine Roy et Fils

This is a brand new producer in Dundee, focused on making exceptional pinot noir. The production is led by winemaker Jared Etzel. I spent some time touring the facility with him, and we tasted current releases produced from sourced fruit as well as the upcoming release of the estate pinot noir from the barrel. Recommended: Domaine Roy et Fils 2014 Petite Incline ($35). The fruit was sourced from a total of six vineyards in Dundee and Carlton. Graham cracker, red fruit, and spice provide a dynamic array of aromatics. Black cherry flavors are tinged with bits of pomegranate through the refined and well-structured palate. A varied array of spices and red earth emerge on the solid finish. This entry-level wine in the company’s portfolio is lovely. However, keep an eye out for the release of the Iron Filbert Vineyard Estate Wine, which is going to be a stunner.

J.K. Carriere

Owner and winemaker Jim Prosser produces roughly 4,000 cases of wine annually. The fruit comes from a 40-acre estate and other local vineyards of note. Tasting through both barrel samples and finished wines, it was easy to see that Prosser has created a portfolio of distinct wines that speak to vintage, place, and varietal typicity. Recommended: J.K. Carierre 2013 Lucidite Chardonnay ($32). From the first whiff to the last sip, there is a bit of reduction in this wine that adds a really appealing characteristic to it and sets it apart. Green fruit, bits of smoke, and spice all present on the nose. The palate is stuffed with clean citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Minerals and spice are evident on the long, lingering finish. This is a special example of chardonnay that’s worth an extra effort to seek out.

Vidon Vineyard

Don and Vicki Hagge planted their vines in 1999, combining their names to create the Vidon Vineyard.

A LIVE-certified winery, this small estate in the Chehalem Mountains produces approximately 2,000 cases of wine per year. I was fortunate to spend a few hours with Don, the winemaker and co-owner, while we tasted through several vintages of his pinot noir, as well as other wines. In short, there’s a lot to like there. If you’re a fan of boutique wineries that produce distinct, site-specific wines, look up Vidon. The wines are great, and Don is a charming fellow to while away the hours with. Recommended: Vidon Vineyard 2012 Mirabelle ($50). This pinot noir is composed entirely of clone 115. Juicy red fruit aromas jump from the nose. The palate shows off plum pudding spices, red fruit, and a hint of cigar box. Minerals and droves of earth are present on the finish. Mouth-watering acid makes you want to dive back in for sip after sip. This is a lovely example of clone 115 specific to Vidon’s property.

Winderlea Vineyard & Winery

This boutique winery is located in McMinnville and focuses on pinot noir and chardonnay. It’s a great spot to visit for several reasons: The view is beautiful, the wines are delicious, and, as a bonus, a large part of the tasting fee is donated to charity. Also, look out for special event lunches and dinners where its wines are paired with food. The food and wine pairing that I took part in was a homerun. Recommended: Winderlea Vineyard & Winery 2013 Legacy Pinot Noir ($85). The fruit for this wine came from estate blocks planted in 1975. Wild strawberry and a touch of crème fraîche mark the inviting nose. Savory herbs, sour red fruits, and spices are present on the deeply layered palate. Mushrooms, cigar box, and continued spice notes are notable in the impressively long finish.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.


Viticulture

Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles as a ‘Grower First’ with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

What began as an conviction to grow grapes for sparkling expanded to an ambition to build our legacy through the long lives of our wines that could challenge the very best Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from across the globe.

The backbone of Argyle’s decades of consistent high quality has been squarely built by vineyards that we have farmed for decades in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The exactingly precise vineyard rows are the lines in the Argyle fingerprint, unique to us as a truly one-of-a-kind proposition.

Knudsen Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA | 124 Acres Planted | Founded in 1972 | Red Jory Soil | 630′ – 1000′ elevation

Argyle’s foundation vineyard source since 1987 is the 124-acre Knudsen Vineyard, located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA. Pioneering owner Cal Knudsen planted almost half the acreage in the early 70’s, giving the Dundee Hills considerable mass. A leader in quality innovation for the entire region, Cal was at the forefront of significant vineyard improvements in irrigation, higher vine densities, clonal selection, and conversion from own-rooted to root-stocked vines.

At the higher elevation of 700+ feet, the latest-ripening Pinot Noir makes one of our best – Spirithouse Pinot Noir. Argyle’s finest sparkling fruit is also grown in the higher elevations of Knudsen Vineyard. We derive two vineyard-designated Sparkling Wines, Knudsen Vineyard Brut and Knudsen Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, from this great vineyard!

Lone Star Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 113 Acres Planted | Founded in 1996 | Jory, Nekia, Ritner and Woodburn Soils | 200′ – 400′ elevation

Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low-elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. Lone Star is our warmest, sunniest vineyard site in a region not known for either…and in Oregon, the warmest sites are the best Pinot Noir sites. Lone Star catches the day’s first rays of sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night.

Since the 1999 vintage, Lone Star has served as the backbone for our biggest, boldest Pinot – the Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well. In Spring 2005, we released our first vintage of Lone Star grown Riesling (which, incidentally, is the new world’s first high-density Riesling on devigorated root stocks!)

Spirit Hill Vineyard

Eola-Amity Hills AVA | 137 Acres Planted | Founded in 2008 | Red Jory Soil | 700′ – 800′ elevation

Purchased in 2008, this is now Argyle’s largest vineyard, with 130+ acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site.

Located south and up slope from Lone Star Vineyard, a great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The Spirit Hill Vineyard will draw on Argyle’s experience in higher elevation fine wine grape growing. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

Giving Tree Vineyard

Willamette Valley AVA (Polk County) | 138 acres | Founded in 2015 | Bellpine Soil | 320′ – 580′ elevation

In 2015, Argyle began a partnership with Atlas Vineyard Management to develop a new 210-acre property in the Willamette Valley. Located at elevations of 320′ – 580′, with a predominately western exposure, Giving Tree is a gently sloping site that features well-drained Bellpine marine sedimentary soils. The first phase of planting at Giving Tree was completed in 2015 with the establishment of 58 acres of Pinot Noir and six acres of Chardonnay. A second phase of planting in 2019 which included an additional 52 acres of Pinot Noir and 19 acres of Chardonnay, and two acres of Gamay Noir.

Located just three miles from the famed Freedom Hill Vineyard in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, Giving Tree Vineyard is a relatively cool site, with a climate shaped by winds that blow regularly, cooling the vines, lengthening the growing season, and helping the fruit retain excellent acidity resulting in wines that are built for ageability—an underlying mission of all Argyle winemaking.

As a testament to the values shared by Argyle and Atlas Vineyard Management, and their mutual dedication to sustainable farming practices, the vineyard was named Giving Tree Vineyard after Shel Silverstein’s classic book about lasting multigenerational friendships and the joys of giving. As a part of this philosophy, Giving Tree Vineyard is LIVE Certified.