North of McMinnville, Oregon, in the Northern Willamette Valley, the land slowly rises to the hamlets of Carlton and Yamhill. Low ridges form a horseshoe shape surrounding the two communities. The free-flowing North Yamhill River courses through the center of a lush patchwork quilt of nurseries, grain fields and orchards.
The Yamhill-Carlton AVA’s soil is composed of marine sediments from an ancient sea floor, making it among the oldest in the valley. While our surrounding AVAs have younger volcanic soils and silt deposits from ice-age floods that swept through the valley over 15,000 years ago, the Yamhill-Carlton AVA has free-draining soils that encourage low vigor and early ripening. Protected by the Chehalem Mountains, the AVA sits in the rain shadow of the Coast Range, leading to the AVA being warmer and drier than many other parts of the valley. Large fluctuations in temperatures between day and night contribute complexity and structure to our wines. Each vintage is different reflecting the terroir, climate and loving touch of our winemaker, Tony Rynders.