La Belle Promenade
Located in Newberg, in the Chehalem AVA, La Belle Promenade is 33 acres of mainly Jory and some Nekia soils. The western portion of the site consists of a thick layer of fractured basalt. The 33 acres were planted in 2014 with 26 acres of pinot noir, 5 acres of chardonnay and 2 acres of pinot meunier. With elevations of 700 to 820 feet above sea level, this site allows for great diversity in concert with our other estate vineyard, Flanerie.
Prior to our planting this site, it was an abandoned cherry and prune orchard. One of the many appealing features of this site was that the neighbors gathered here each year here to pick the first blackberries of the season. As soon as the sun rises, it hits this site first, providing the desired morning sun as a gentle ripening sun. The constant flowing breeze allows us to farm this site by organic methods.
Located in Newberg in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, Flanerie is 7 acres of Willakenzie soils. These sedimentary soils are the result of the Missoula Floods, which occurred 15,000 years ago. Often we find glacial erratic stones that are native not to Oregon, but to Montana. Formerly named Saikkonen Vineyard, the 7 acres were planted to all pinot noir in 2003 by Bonnie and Matt Saikkonen. We leased the site in 2014 and liked it so much we approached Bonnie and Matt to see if they would sell.
Timing was right and they agreed to a sale. The site is eastern facing, which allows the morning sun to help grow our vines and ripen our grapes without the hot summer afternoon sunlight. The lower elevation from 250-350 feet along with the different soil types, makes Flanerie a great compliment to our other estate vineyard, La Belle Promenade. We utilize organic methods to farm and are pursuing organic certification.