The Umpqua valley is one of the oldest vineyard areas in Oregon, planted first in the 1880s. Like the Livermore Valley, this east-west oriented valley is cooler the farther west one travels. The western end of the valley is perhaps the best spot in Oregon to grow Pinot Noir while the eastern end is becoming known for Bordeaux and Mediterranean varieties. .
Our sole site from Oregon so far, this vineyard planted to Pommard and Wadensville clone, is located in the Umpqua Valley appellation near the town of Elkton in southern Oregon. Our Pinot Noir, Anindor Vineyard differs dramatically from its California counterparts especially in its more austere expression of fruit, more abundant “Burgundian” aromas, and more predominant acidity.
Owned by John Bradley, this site is planted to both classic and Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. Our first vintage of Pommard clone Pinot Noir was acquired in 2006. Characteristic of this part of Oregon, the wines made from this site are comparatively “big” when tasted alongside California wines. Highlighted by earth, forest floor, and dark fruit organoleptics, the Umpqua Valley wines tend to be less open, tighter, and longer-lived than many of their California counterparts.