Lia’s Vineyard is located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The elevation ranges from 380 to 560 feet and the aspect is primarily due south. The soils are mostly Jory, a dark reddish brown silty clay loam, with a transition to sedimentary series around the 400′ contour. We believe the soils combined with the climate are what lend our grapes their unique character.
The vineyard has about 26 acres planted to eight clones/selections of pinot noir – Wädenswil, Pommard, 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, and Mariafeld (aka UCD23), as well as a bit over two acres of Chardonnay (Wente Selection). The Pommard, Wädenswil and Chardonnay were all propagated from own-rooted cuttings with plantings from 1990 to 1993. The 1999-2002 plantings are all on 101-14 rootstock. Spacing on plantings prior to 2009 is 5×9 with VSP trellising. The most recent plantings (2009-2016) are spaced 3×7, 4×7 and 4×8 on RG, 101-14, 3309 and SO4 rootstocks. The vines aren’t irrigated – we hold that dry farming tends to produce more balanced vines and better fruit.
The Chehalem Mountains AVA is home to an estimated 150 vineyards. Some of the wineries in the AVA are among Oregon’s most well-known and highly regarded names in pinot noir while many are limited production, artisan producers. With an average size of 12.5 acres, this patchwork of small, family-owned vineyards on varying soil types and elevations from 200 to over 1000 feet above sea level is an exciting source for exquisite wines.
Vineyards neighboring Lia’s Vineyard include Tresori Vineyards, Olenik Vineyard, Vidon Vineyard, J. Christopher’s Appassionata Vineyard, Rex Hill’s Jacob-Hart Vineyard, and Adelsheim’s Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard.
Lia’s Vineyard is situated between King’s Grade and Hillside Drive, about four miles northwest of Newberg, Oregon. The vineyard is accessed via easement and is not open to the public.