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Eola-Amity Hills & Van Duzer AVAs | Biodynamic Overview

AVA Essentials

Eola Amity-Hills AVA


• The Eola-Amity Hills AVA consists of 1,300 acres of vineyards


• The soils are rocky and shallow.


• Estate wineries with biodynamic vines: 2


• Biodynamic vineyard acreage: 48


• Biodynamic case production (estimated):  2,600


Van Duzer Corridor AVA


• The Van Duzer Corridor AVA, which became an official region in 2019, has 1,000 acres of vines.


• Uniquely, wind flows into the area through a gap in the Coast Range, cooling the vines.


• Estate wineries with biodynamic vines: 1


• Biodynamic vineyard acreage: 63


• Biodynamic case production (estimated):  3,600

Wineries

Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Brooks

Keeler Estate


Van Duzer Corridor AVA

Johan Vineyards

Tasting Rooms & Events

Amity

• Brooks

• Keeler Estate


Rickreall

Johan Vineyards

Biodynamic Vines: Acres

WINERIES


Eola-Amity Hills AVA

• Keeler Estate: 30

• Brooks: 18


Van Duzer Corridor AVA

• Johan Vineyards: 63




Biodynamic Vines: Varieties

• Blaufränkisch

• Chardonnay

• Gamay Noir

• Gruner Veltliner

• Melon de Bourgogne

• Pinot Gris 

• Pinot Noir

Biodynamic Vines: Cases

• Johan VIneyards: 3,600

• Keeler Estate: 1,600

• Brooks: 1,000

Brooks | Eola-Amity Hills AVA | Amity

Winery Overview

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Location 


• Sources from its 18 acres of certified organic and biodynamic estate vines in the Eola-Amity Hills region as well as from non-organic growers, one organic grower and one biodynamic grower


• The modern, new winery and tasting room, built in 2014, are located on the vineyard site in Amity, Oregon, with sweeping views of the vineyard and Mount Hood


Best known for


• Celebrated Oregon winery making highly rated Pinot Noir and acclaimed Riesling


• Produces 12 wines from certified organic or biodynamic vines ($24-60, 90-93 pts.)


• The estate vines were planted in the 1970's; they're some of the oldest Riesling and Pinot Noir vines in Oregon


• Founder Jimi Brooks was a regional biodynamic evangelist who persuaded other vintners to try Biodynamic farming, with great success


• Brooks's died suddenly at age 38 during harvest in 2004; his fellow Oregon winemakers  banded together to get Jimi's grapes in and make his wine


• Brooks' son, Pascal Brooks, then age 8, inherited the winery, making him the world's youngest winery owner; the story of the winery and the Brooks winery is a tale well told in the feature length documentary American Wine Story


• After Jimi's death, his sister Janie Brooks Heuck transformed Brooks from a hole in the wall winery in a barn to a renowned producer - with the ongoing help of Chris Williams, winemaker; it's now an elegant and popular destination winery


• In 2019, it became a certified B Corp, meeting standards in governance, workers, community, and environment; it also became a member of 1% for the Planet, donating a portion of its profits to environmental nonprofit Demeter USA


• Jimi Brooks was a huge fan of Riesling, who often persuaded old time growers not to rip out their vines (and replant them with the increasingly popular and more lucrative Pinot Noir grapes); the estate vineyard has preserved some of the oldest Riesling vines in Oregon


• Stuart Pigott, author of The Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story says of Brooks: "...produces the most daring and individual Rieslings in Oregon. The focus is on dry wines, but the sweet Rieslings added to the range in recent years are no less original"


• USA Today named Brooks one of the top 5 "must visit" wineries in Oregon


• The winery was selected as one of Wine & Spirits magazine's Top 100 Wineries (worldwide) in 2019


Biodynamic vineyard case production


1,000 (out of 20,000 total)


Certified


Vineyards, biodynamic, 2012-present, Demeter USA 

Winery, biodynamic, 2015-present, Demeter USA 

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Biodynamic Grapes

Certified: "Biodynamic Wine"


• Pinot Gris-Estate

• Pinot Noir-Estate

• Pinot Noir-Rastaban

• Riesling-Estate

• Riesling-Eclipse Totality

• Riesling-Sweet P


MORE WINES


Certified Biodynamic Grapes

Certified: "Biodynamic Wine"


• Pinot Blanc-Crannell

• Pinot Noir-Johan 


Certified Organic Grapes


• Gewurztraminer-Oak Ridge

• Pinot Gris-Logsdon Ridge

• Pinot Noir-Temperance Hill

• Riesling-Hope Well

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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Free

Daily tour (by appt.)


$20

Flights of 6 wines (3 different options) (walk in)


$60 

Vineyard tour and tasting (by appt.)


$75

Tour and seated tasting (with food) (2 hours) (by appt.)


CONTACT


Brooks

21101 SE Cherry Blossom Lane 

Amity, OR 97101


503.435.1278


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Keeler Estate Vineyards | Eola-Amity Hills AVA | Amity

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources its wines solely from its 30 acres of estate vineyards on a 200 acre property in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA


• The wines are made on the vineyard site


• The tasting room, a popular event and wedding venue, overlooks the vineyards


Best known for


• A rising start artisanal family winery run by growers who also make small lot estate wines 


• Makes 8 wines from certified vines ($32-55, 92-93 pts.)


• Founders Craig and Gabriele Keeler bought the site in 1989 and began the long, arduous process of revitalizing the abandoned, overgrown property; it's now a thriving natural landscape and biodynamic vineyard


• The vineyards, on shallow sedimentary soils, are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling; most date back to 2008


• The couple also sells grapes to local wineries


•  At the suggestion of the Keelers' son Nicholas, the Keelers decided to incorporate concrete eggs and clay amphoras into the winemaking process


• Kevin Healy, winemaker oversees the process, utilizing traditional steel tanks and oak barrels as well as the newer vessels in various combinations


• All the wines are made using native yeast fermentation 


• Nicholas Keeler also makes acclaimed wine under his own Authentique Wine Cellars label, using Keeler Vineyard grapes for some of his wines


• Critical acclaim for Keeler Estate's wines has been ramping up; Wine Enthusiast selected its amphora fermented riesling as an "Editor's Choice," while Wine & Spirits magazine awarded Keeler's Pinot Noir 92 pts. and included it in its "Year's Best Pinots" 


Organic and biodynamic vineyard case production


1,600 (out of 1,600 total)


Certified


Vineyards, organic, 2012-2018, Stellar Certification Services; organic, 2019-present, Oregon Tilth; biodynamic, 2012, Demeter USA

Winery, biodynamic, Demeter USA

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes

Certified: "Made with Biodynamic Grapes"


• Chardonnay

• Pinot Gris 

• Pinot Gris-Skin Contact [Orange Wine]

• Pinot Noir (3)

• Riesling

• Sparkling

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$20

Tasting (by appt.)


$50

Vineyard tour and tasting (by appt.)


$50 

Pinot Noir experience (by appt.)


• Pop up wine tastings are available at offsite locations (by appt.) 


• Cheese and charcuterie platters are available with advance notice.


CONTACT


Keeler Estate Vineyard

5100 SE Rice Lane 

Amity, Oregon 97101


Tasting Room | 503.687.2618

Gabriele Keeler, General Manager | 503.550.0308


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Johan Vineyards | Van Duzer Corridor AVA |

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources estate wines from its 63 planted acres of gentle sloping vineyards in the east-west Van Duzer Corridor AVA, cooled by marine breezes; the soils are marine sedimentary


• The winery and tasting room are on the vineyard site in Rickreall


Best known for


• Innovative grower and winery that's a rising star—growing a wide array of lesser known grape varieties and embracing a pure, hands off winemaking style


• Makes 12 wines from organic and biodynamic vines ($20-50, 90-92 pts.)


• Proprietor Dag Johan Sundby, a Norwegian ex-footballer, moved to Oregon and founded the winery, with family backing, in 2005


• While Pinot Noir is a mainstay, Johan's natural winemaking approach yields a Chardonnay bottled with its lees, an orange wine (produced through carbonic maceration) and a pétillant naturel (a sparkling rosé made via the méthode ancestrale, which goes through secondary fermentation in the bottle)


• Dan Rinke, formerly of Pinot superstar Rhys Vineyard (in California's Santa Cruz Mountains), is the winegrower and winemaker; Morgan Hall, who worked with Ted Lemon in New Zealand, is the associate winemaker 


• The team has adventurously planted varietals beyond the traditional Pinot Noir—grafting over vines to more exotic varieties including Blaufränkisch, Gruner Veltliner and Melon de Bourgogne—and selling grapes to local, natural winemakers, including Bow and Arrow, Day Wines, MInimus and Montebruno


• The winery's second label, Farmlands, offers up a value priced Pinot from the estate vines; Decanter rated its 2015 Pinot 91 pts. 


• Early on, eight out of nine of its Johan's releases scored 90 pts. or better from the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, something of a tour de force for a newcomer


• In 2019, it released its first Zero Zero Pinot Noir, a natural wine made without manipulation or added sulfite


Organic and biodynamic case production


3,600 (out of 4,000 total)


Certified


Vineyards, organic,, 2010-2018, Stellar Certification Services; organic, 2019-present, CCOF; biodynamic, 2010, Demeter USA

Winery, 2010, Demeter USA 

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes

Certified Wines: "Made with Biodynamic Grapes" or "Biodynamic Wine" (depending on the vintage)


Johan Vineyards: 


• Blaufränkisch

• Chardonnay

• Gamay Noir

• Gruner Veltliner

• Melon de Bourgogne

• Pinot Gris (2, including one Orange Wine)

• Pinot Noir (3)

• Sparkling (2) (including a Pet-Nat)


Certified Organic and Biodynamic Grapes


Farmlands:


• Pinot Gris

• Pinot Noir

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$10

Tasting at indoor wine bar or outdoors (walk in)


CONTACT


Johan Vineyards

4285 N Pacific Hwy W.

Rickreall, OR 97371


503.623.8642


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