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"More fun than fits in a bottle"
Plum Hill Vineyards is a small, family owned winery built on a historical dairy farm in a pastoral setting, nestled between the cities of Forest Grove and Gaston, Oregon. We feature quality hand crafted wines in limited quantities. Currently we grow and/or have available for tasting Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose’, Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, and Schönburger.
Come visit our warm and inviting tasting room and gift shop featuring wine-related gift items as well as arts and crafts created by local artisans or enjoy a picnic with views of Mt. St. Helen's and Mt. Adams from our covered picnic area.
First let me thank Keith and
Trudy Kramer of Kramer Vineyards for helping this dream come true and supporting
us all along the way.
When we originally moved to
Our Philosophy behind Plum Hill Vineyard:
We believe that to make good wine you must first start with
great fruit. We want to put only the best possible fruit in our wine. In order to
achieve that goal, we started with a prime vineyard site in the northern end of
Our goal is to grow the best fruit possible and be personally involved with each plant. The small size of the plot allows this goal to be met and the site to be maintained by one person, if needed. It is so personal that the early growing vines were given names such as:
SITE LOCATION, HISTORY AND SOIL
Our locations are in the northern reaches of the
Forest Grove - Plum Hill Vineyard site
In 2004, the top 2 blocks were planted with a mixture of Pinot Noir clones: one block consisting of 10 rows of 777 on phylloxera-resistant rootstock 3309. The other block of 10 rows was planted with clone 667 on phylloxera-resistant rootstock 101-14.
In 2005, the remaining lower block of 13 rows was planted in Pommard on a different phylloxera-resistant rootstock than either of the previous plantings. Our Pommard is on a root stock called Riparia Gloire or RG for short. The Riparia rootstock has demonstrated the need for watering early in the growth cycle and is known to ripening early at other wineries, as well as, in some studies at OSU.
We planted 1,452 plants per acre (6 feet between rows and 4
feet between plants). Normal Pinot Noir vineyard plantings can range from
8-12 foot wide rows and plants up to 6 feet apart. (In
Gaston Plum Hill Vineyard Site
This site was planted in the spring of 2008. We purchased this site in September of 2007 and started the conversion from an abandoned dairy farm into vineyards, winery, and a tasting room. Many in the valley know the site as "Bloomer's Dairy" while older residents remember it as the "Haberman Dairy." The property as been a dairy farm since the early 1900's. The primary soil at this location is Melbourne which is formed in residuum and colluvium weathered from sedimentary rock. Melbourne soils are well drained. They have a surface layer of dark-brown silty clay loam. The upper part of the subsoil is dark yellowish-brown silty clay loam, and the lower part is brown silty clay. Effective rooting depth is more than 60 inches. However, we have dug to a debt of 7 feet and found no change in soil texture
In a representative profile the surface layer is dark-brown and dark yellowish-brown silty clay loam about 10 inches thick. The upper part of the subsoil is dark yellowish-brown silty clay loam about 36 inches thick, and the lower part is brown silty clay about 36 inches thick. The profile is slightly acid and medium acid in the surface layer, medium acid in the upper part of the subsoil, and strongly acid in the lower part of the subsoil and in the substratum. Soil acidity ranges from pH 6.2 in the upper 4-6 inches to pH 5.6 at lower depths.
In 2008, we planted with a mixture of Pinot Noir clones: one block consisting of 777 self rooted, another of 667 on phylloxera-resistant rootstock 3309, 101-14. and some self rooted plants, A large block of 115 on phylloxera-resistant rootstock 101-14. and 3309. a small block of 1018 on 3309 root stock was planted along with a block of self rooted Pommard.
We have also planted Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling. We planted Schönburger in March of 2010. We are the only commercial winery to have it planted in Oregon and Washington. One other Oregon winery has 4 plants but we don't believe 4 plants provide enough fruit for commercial operations. Schönburger is basically a cross between Muscat and Pinot Noir. We're excited to bring this grape to the public.
We're hoping to do more planting this summer and fall on the south slope of the property next to Etters road.
Our spacing at the Gaston site is 8 foot isles and 5 feet between plants which should reduce the amount to tractor blight on the poles and plants.
RJ and Juanita Lint