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2009 Harvest under way

img_0200 Well, we are under way with another harvest. I have been working for several years with different wine makers in the Willamette Valley, and this year will be helping with both Sineann and Winderlea wines. It looks like another great vintage is rolling in with weather cooperating nicely, and a beautiful, sunny week ahead to get most of the fruit picked and processed at the wineries. img_0174 Harvest is often referred to as Crush in the argot of wine folk, and the double meaning of the name becomes obvious when you have days like yesterday at Sineann where we ran 10-12 tons of Merlot from Hillside Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, and another 12 tons of Pinot Noir from Kevin and Carla Chamber's  Resonance vineyard in Carlton. Dinner was at 8:00 and we finished washing the line and headed home around midnight.   Speaking of dinner, Peter Rosback goes to extremes to make sure that the crew eats well during harvest. img00135-20091006-20341 Last night's dinner, prepared by Chef Dante Leonardi, was torch seared Toro tuna followed by lamb-sicles, fresh, roasted beet and cabbage salad, and a great selection of wines from the various wine makers involved with the winery.  I am looking forward to the next few weeks of long days, good friends, and great food and wine.

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About Oregon Vineyard Property


Welcome. The Oregon Vineyard Property website is intended to be a resource for anyone wanting to know more about Oregon wines and wine country.  Since David Lett, Dick Erath, and Charles Coury planted the first vines here more than 40 years ago the Willamette Valley has grown to include 200 wineries and 12,000 acres of producing vineyard. The predominant varieties grown are Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay,  and Riesling. The Willamette Valley is among a very few places in the world where Pinot Noir thrives, and the land, the climate, and the mystery of terroir conspire to produce a truly World Class wine.



As a Real Estate Broker with a specialty in vineyard properties, my profile-page-one-jpeginterest and experience in Real Estate and land development, and my appreciation of fine NW wines  have all merged into the great opportunity that I have helping clients buy or sell vineyard properties or find the perfect piece of dirt to grow and make wine here in tthe various Oregon wine regions. Fifteen years in Real Estate and 12 years involved in Wine Properties and wine making have given me a very thorough and specific knowledge base to help meet client's needs.

Please stay tuned as we continue to develop this site into a diverse information portal for anyone interested in knowing more about  Oregon wines and Oregon Wine Country. We will continue to add content that will present the wines and the wine makers and tell the story of this wonderful little corner of the world.

Comprehensive Brokerage services include:

  • Listing /marketing vineyard and winery properties for sale.

  • Helping buyers identify property that is well suited to vineyard development.

  • Connecting clients with an extensive network of industry professionals for all aspects of wine growing, vineyard management, wine making, custom crush

Viticultural maps courtesy of

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Dirt and wine – digging for terroir

It all starts with the dirt. Jory, Willakenzie, Nekia, Laurelwood. What's your preference? Volcanic, sedimentary, blended or on the rocks? One of the things that I often do for buyers and sellers  is facilitate soils testing on properties that they are considering for  purchase or sale. This is always with an eye toward determining the types of soils and their suitability to vineyard development. The go-to guy for this type of testing is Andy Gallagher of Red Hills Soils. Andy will assess soils on site by either hand augering or dug pits depending on the accessibility and rockiness of the site. Through an analysis of the soil's drainage, depth to bedrock, rock type, surface thickness, soils texture, elevations, aspect, water holding capacity, and various other img00023-20090904-1132characteristics Andy generates a report that provides detailed, site-specific soils information, identifies potential vineyard management issues, and provides an estimate of plantable acres. These reports are invaluable for any buyer who is buying a property for the purpose of vineyard development. img_0057It may not be for everyone, but I can think of few things that I enjoy more than spending the day talking dirt with Andy Gallagher, and pondering the nuances of difference that the various soils contribute to fine Pinot Noir made here in Oregon. It is a small glimpse into the mystery of terroir.
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