18150 SE Amity Vineyards Road
Contact: Janis Checchia
Amity Vineyards is located in Yamhill County, Oregon just 7 miles from McMinnville. This region has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world--rivaling the best in Burgundy. As one of Oregon's pioneer wineries, Amity Vineyards helped establish the area's reputation for world class Pinot noir as early as 1985, the year Robert Parker "Discovered Oregon," praising Amity Vineyards' 1983 Winemaker's Reserve Pinot noir.
Myron Redford founded Amity Vineyards in 1974 with the dream of making world-class Pinot Noir using grapes from dryfarmed, hillside vineyards in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley. At the time, Myron was one of a handful of pioneers to realize that the Northern Willamette Valley’s maritime climate, long growing season and Northern latitude were perfect for cultivating cool-climate wine grapes like Pinot Noir. Soon, people around the world were tasting Myron’s Pinots and moving to Oregon to try it for themselves.
Today, the Northern Willamette Valley is home to over 200 wineries, Oregon is universally recognized as one of the world’s great cool-climate wine growing regions, and Amity Vineyards continues to be recognized as one of Oregon’s top producers.
After 30 years, Amity continues to focus on quality over quantity, producing small lots of hand-crafted Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Dry and Late Harvest Riesling and Gewurztraminer and Gamay Noir. Amity produced America's first, true Gamay Noir in 1988 and we are still a leader with this varietal. Amity also produces Eco Wine Oregon’s first Organic, Sulfite-Free Pinot Noir. We age our Pinot Noirs for ten months in neutral, French oak barrels. We believe this emphasizes the natural complexity and delicacy unique to Pinot Noir. Our white wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks and do not receive any oak barrel ageing.
We practice sustainable viticulture and all of our grapes are hand-picked from family owned, hillside vineyards in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley. Our estate vineyard is certified by Low Input Viticulture and Enology, Inc. (LIVE). All of our growers are LIVE certified or in the process of becoming certified. LIVE is officially recognized by the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC). For more information regarding LIVE and sustainable viticulture, visit www.liveinc.org.
Our tasting room and picnic area command a spectacular view of the Eola Hills and Oregon's Coast Range. We are open seven days a week. 12pm to 5pm, October through May. 11am to 6pm, June through September. The tasting room is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. We are a small, family (and friends!) run winery whose philosophy is that wine is a food and should be shared with one’s family (and friends!).
Winemaker: Darcy Pendergrass
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