Oregon Wine, Willamette Valley
About Soter Vineyards
Soter VineyardsSoter Vineyards wines are made in a refurbished Yamhill County Barn, originally dating from 1943. The site of Mineral Springs, located just east of the town of Carlton, is a source of great excitement to us. Planted to 15 acres of Pinot Noir in 2002 and 2003, and 17 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2006, this 250-acre ranch is perched on a mesa with gentle slopes, with commanding views of the surrounding Yamhill-Carlton District.
Mineral Springs Vineyard is planted between 380 and 440 feet in elevation. Exposure ranges from southeast to west, with most acreage facing south and southwest. Our soils are crumbly, loamy, pale marine Keasey series sediments such as sandstone and fractured siltstone, mixed with clay. The topsoil layer is rather shallow in many places, and drainage is excellent.
The site of The Willamette Valley "Oregon has always been the home of the craftsman winemaker, vinifying grapes grown in small, personally managed, mainly estate vineyards." - Johnson and Robinson, The World Atlas of Wine, 5th Ed.
Oregon's Willamette Valley, surrounding the Willamette River from Portland in the north to Eugene in the South, is our home, and home to some of the world's greatest Pinot Noir vineyards. The wines of this region have gained international recognition for their quality, complexity, and charm. Soter Vineyards is located at the Northwestern end of the valley, just east of the town of Carlton. Here, near the 45th parallel, a latitude similar to Burgundy, the weather is temperate and our long growing season is ideal for developing the full flavor potential of Pinot Noir. Soter Vineyards is located in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, a growing area quickly gaining acclaim as a "sweet spot" for Pinot Noir, home to luminaries like Penner-Ash, Willakenzie, and Ken Wright Cellars.
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