Founder, Harry Peterson-Nedry, pioneered grape growing in the prestigious soils of Ribbon Ridge in the early 1980s when he purchased land and planted Ridgecrest Vineyards.
In 1990, Chehalem Winery was founded and released its first bottle of wine, Ridgecrest Pinot Noir.
Bill Stoller joined Harry in the winery operation in 1993 and subsequently planted a vineyard on his family farmlands at the southern tip of the Dundee Hills.
Chehalem purchased Corral Creek, the vineyard surrounding the winery, in 1995. It became the third estate vineyard sourced for Chehalem wines.
With second-generation winemaker, Wynne Peterson-Nedry, at the of helm production, Chehalem now sources fruit from the three distinctive sites, located in three different Willamette Valley AVAs.
OUR PHILOSOPHY & STYLE
Our objective at Chehalem has always been to lead, rather than to follow, the industry norms or market trends. We look for deftness and elegance in Pinot Noirs at a time when black, opaque, extracted and heavily-wooded wines are the norm. We crop-thin Pinot Gris as aggressively as we do Pinot Noir, seeking optimal ripeness before harvesting. At a time when Riesling is being pulled out, Chehalem plants prime acres of this variety. We’re convinced it sensitively reflects site and climate for white wine, as Pinot Noir does for red.
Our style of winemaking demonstrates an understanding of the soil and the climate in the region. Our cool climate varieties yield complex, structured and intensely fruited wines.