Chehalem Mountains

Next up alphabetically speaking are the Chehalem Mountains.  This appellation snakes around the town of Newburg and the Willamette (dammit) River in northwestern Oregon just southwest of Portland.  The area has grown from a few vineyards in the late 1960s to 100 vineyards and 31 wineries currently.  The mountains are the highest in the valley and contain soils of basalt, eolian silt and ocean sediments.  Along with being the highest land within the Valley, the weather is the most varied allowing for multiple micro-climates at elevations that range from 200- 1,633 feet.  Grapes produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling.


Gretchen Neuman
VinoVerve Editor

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