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Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one of just a handful of regions capable of producing world-class Chardonnay.

Only since the 1960s has Chardonnay been planted in this 150-mile river valley in Oregon’s northwest quadrant, an area that hugs the same 45th latitude as Burgundy, in France, where Chardonnay originates. Latitude is just one factor, but here it determines the long growing season and moderately cool climate Chardonnay requires to reach its full potential.

The growing region’s gently hilly topography, cool Pacific Ocean climate and collage of diverse soils further provide the texture, complex range of flavors and racy minerality that make our Willamette Valley Chardonnay captivating and unique. While Oregon Chardonnay has taken a backseat to Pinot Noir—in terms of publicity over the 60 years since its introduction—recent acclaim has propelled it to be one of the state’s buzziest “new” discoveries.

Soil Type

Jory, Steiwer, Chehulpum, Wellsdale-Willakenzie, Marine Sedimentary-Peavine, Willakenzie

Vineyards

Prince Hill Vineyard
Carabella Vineyard

Harvest Dates

September 30 to
October 10, 2024

Chardonnay in Prince Hill Vineyards glass. Chardonnay in Prince Hill Vineyards glass

Wine Details

Characteristics

Striking for its freshness and vibrance, our Willamette Valley Chardonnay builds on pear and apple in its core, garnished with a citrusy tang and top notes of sweet spring flowers. It enters the mouth with a pleasant weight and presence without being heavy, lifted by lively acidity and a gently stony texture.

Vineyard Sources

Prince Hill Vineyard
Carabella Vineyard

Barrel Aging

9 months

Barrels

100% French Oak
40% new, 11% second use, 6% third use

First Vintage

2023

Prince Hill Vineyards | Willamette Valley Chardonnay, image of grapes. Prince Hill Vineyards | Willamette Valley Chardonnay, image of grapes.
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