Summer 2020

Oregon’s Tualatin Valley is now home to two new AVAs

Alloro Vineyard in Sherwood, Ore., is one of 15 wineries included in the new Laurelwood District AVA. Alloro sources its wines exclusively from its 110-acre, single-vineyard estate.
Alloro Vineyard in Sherwood, Ore., is one of 15 wineries included in the new Laurelwood District AVA. Alloro sources its wines exclusively from its 110-acre, single-vineyard estate. Photo Courtesy of Washington County Visitors Association

Oregon’s Tualatin Valley is now home to two new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs): Tualatin Hills and Laurelwood District.

Located in the northwestern corner of the famed Willamette Valley wine region, theTualatin Valley is home to more than 31 estate wineries and tasting rooms. Signature grapes such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are among the dozens of varietals in the region, along with Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay.

“The Tualatin Hills represents a special place in the Tualatin Valley, defined by its soil and climate,” said Alfredo Apolloni, owner and winemaker for Apolloni Vineyards, who petitioned for the creation of the Tualatin Hills AVA, alongside Rudolf Marchesi of Montinore Estate and Mike Kuenz of David Hill Vineyard & Winery. “This northernmost 15-mile slice of the Willamette Valley is sheltered to the west by some of the highest peaks of the Oregon Coast Range and shielded to the south by the large mass of the Chehalem Mountains.”

The 144,000-acre Tualatin Hills AVA aligns with the watershed of the Tualatin River and encompasses part of the Tualatin Valley. The area is north of the Chehalem Mountains AVA and boasts Laurelwood soil. However, unlike its neighboring Laurelwood District AVA, the Tualatin Hills has slightly higher temperatures. Wineries in the new Tualatin Hills AVA include Apolloni Vineyards, David Hill Vineyard & Winery and Montinore Estate, in addition to Patton Valley Vineyard, Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Tualatin Estate tasting room, Plum Hill Vineyards and Helvetia Vineyards and Winery.

Alfredo and Laurine Apolloni
Laurine and Alfredo Apolloni, owners of Apolloni Vineyards, along with Rudolf Marchesi, president of Montinore Estate and Mike Kuenz general manage of David Hill Vineyard and Winery were the petitioners for the creation of the Tualatin Hills American Viticultural Area. Photo Courtesy of Washington County Visitors Association
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The 33,600-acre Laurelwood District AVA covers the northern slopes of the Chehalem Mountains AVA, including Cornelius, Scholls and Sherwood. With iron-rich Missoula Flood loess soil contributing to the unique flavor of the wines, wineries from the Laurelwood District AVA include Ponzi Vineyards and Dion Vineyard, as well as A Blooming Hill Vineyard, Alloro Vineyard, Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Elk Cove Vineyards, Freja Cellars, Hawks View Winery, Raptor Ridge Winery and Ruby Vineyard & Winery.

“Our hope is this new AVA will better define this part of the Willamette Valley that is unique due to its geology and – therefore – its wines,” said Luisa Ponzi, owner and second generation winemaker for Ponzi Vineyards, who petitioned for the creation of the Laurelwood District AVA alongside co-owner and president Anna Maria Ponzi and the Johnson family of Dion Vineyard. “As consumers are eager to know about the products they purchase, this designation will allow us to tell the story of this special place and why our wines differ from others in the valley.”

An AVA is a delimited grape-growing region with specific geographic or climatic features that distinguish it from the surrounding regions and affect how grapes are grown. Using an AVA designation on a wine label allows vintners to describe more accurately the origin of their wines to consumers and helps consumers identify wines they may purchase.

For more information on Tualatin Valley wineries, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y7gxyaka.

Tualatin Hills Wineries

● Apolloni Vineyards

● David Hill Vineyards and Winery

● Helvetia Winery

● Tualatin Estate tasting room

● Risdall Ranch Winery

● Montinore Estate

● Plum Hill Vineyards

● Patton Valley Vineyard

● Garden Vineyards

● Provincial Vineyards

● Elk Cove Vineyards

● Purple Cow Vineyards*

● Willamette Valley Vineyards tasting room

● Lujon Wine Cellars*

*Located outside AVA boundaries

Laurelwood District Wineries

● A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery

● Alloro Vineyard

● Ardiri Vineyards

● Blakeslee Vineyard Estate

● Blizzard Vineyards

● Cooper Mountain Vineyards

● Dion Vineyards

● Freja Cellars

● Gresser Vineyard

● Hawks View Winery

● Ponzi Vineyards

● Raptor Ridge Winery

● Ruby Vineyard & Winery

● Six Peaks Winery

● Elk Cove Vineyards

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