• Ridgecrest Vineyards

    45.366680, -123.080177

Ridgecrest was planted in 1980 by Harry Peterson-Nedry, marking the first vineyard in what would be the famed Ribbon Ridge AVA. Ribbon Ridge is a small ridge at the western end of the Chehalem Range and Valley. Our estate vineyard, is a 29-acre site with 16-acres planted to vine.

Its soils are Wellsdale loam, moderate in soil depth and water retention, is transition soil series exhibiting characteristics of both volcanic and sedimentary underlying structures.

Characteristics of Pinot noir from Wellsdale soil are big, brambly, with black-fruited aromas and flavors like blackberry, black cherry, cassis and hints of dusty chocolate – reminiscent of the Cotes de Nuits. The south-sloping, 400-600 elevation site produces wines with excellent acidity and a finessed finish.

  • Land Purchased
    1980
  • Vineyard Planted
    1982
  • First Harvest
    1985
  • Owner
    Bill Stoller
  • Location
    Newberg Oregon
  • Acreage
    29-acres (16-acres planted)
  • Soil
    Wellsdale Loam
  • Density
    725 to 2060 vines per acre
  • Elevation
    565' to 675'