- Vineyard Acreage: 20 planted (10-12 additional plantable)
- Total Acreage: 52
- Price: Sold
- Aspect: S, SE, E
- Elevation: 400-585 ft.
- Soils: Melbourne silty clay loam (formerly classified as “Willakenzie”)
- Location: Willamette Valley
Exceptional opportunity to purchase 20 acres of Oregon Tilth Certified 100% organic vineyard and custom home on 52+ total acres. The setting is very peaceful and quiet while still offering easy access to shopping and amenities in Forest Grove and Hillsboro. Downtown Portland is less than 1 hour away. Ranging from 400-585 ft. elevation with predominantly south facing aspect (plus some SE) and Melbourne soils the site is optimally situated for a vineyard. The coastal foothills location gives a wide bandwidth of diurnal temperature variation and brings marine breezes ensuring adequate airflow through the site.
The property is situated within the Willamette Valley AVA and Tualitain Hills sub AVA just north of Cherry Grove, a former town that is now a collection of rural dwellings. South of the property is Patton Valley Road and the loop road around Hagg Lake is to the north. Patton Valley Road provides access to Highway 47, the main north/south arterial in the neighborhood. Gaston, OR, the nearest community with services, is located about 6 road miles to the east. Forest Grove and Hillsboro are situated ±10 and ±15 road miles to the northeast, and Portland is about 36 miles (±1 hour drive time) to the northeast. The subject’s locale is rural in nature with a scattering of larger tracts mixed with smaller rural residential properties. Henry Hagg Lake, a reservoir holding the Tualatin Valley Irrigation Districts pool of irrigation water, is located just a mile north of the property. The lake is available to the public for recreation/boating, etc.
Tualitan Hills AVA
The property is within one of Oregon’s newest sub appellations; the Tualitian Hills American Viticultural Area. At roughly 144,000 acres it is a large sub AVA with Chehalam Mountain AVA to the East and Yamhill-Carlton AVA to the South. Notable members include Apolloni Vineyards, David Hill Winery, Elk Cove, Montinore Estate, Tualatin Estate, Patton Valley Vineyard, Cancilla Vineyard, Elvenglade Vineyard and many others. This area is unique as it is in the northwestern most section of the Willamette Valley AVA and is sheltered by the coast range while also receiving the benefits of the cool marine afternoon breezes preserving acid and elegance in wines from the area. Alfredo Apolloni of Apolloni Vineyards and Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate helped to found the AVA and describe the unique qualities of the newest addition to Oregon’s ever growing mosaic of sub appellations:
“Our northernmost 15-mile slice of the Willamette Valley is a special place in the Tualatin Hills defined by its soil and climate…The new AVA designation will help highlight the unique and distinctive wines produced from our area and its soils, as we further define the exceptional places growing and producing wine in the Willamette Valley and in Oregon.” -Alfredo Apolloni
“The unique combination of the Missoula Floods Loess soil and the protection of the coastal range create distinctive conditions that are reflected in each bottle we produce. We’re thrilled to have the designation to help people taste the characteristics of this special corner of the Valley.” – Rudy Marchesi
19 acres planted to Pinot Noir on grafted rootstock, 1 acre to Chardonnay on grafted rootstock (see fig. 2 for block map). 10-12 additional acres of plantable ground offer room for growth. The professionally managed vineyard is in excellent condition with two-cane vertical-shoot-position trellising and deer fencing. Rootstock on all blocks is 3309, entire vineyard trellised on a VSP system with anchored wood end posts, notched steel line posts every 4th or 5th vine, cane wire, and three sets of catch wires. The vineyard is perimeter game fenced with 6’6” mesh topped with smooth wire. The vine spacing is
4 x 8 for the 1999 planting and 5 x 8.5 for the 2005/2006 planting. Yields have typically been in the ±3 ton/acre range. Most of the fruit is sold to local wineries. A number of wineries have made well received “vineyard designated” Pinot Noir from the fruit. The owner holds back some of the fruit for his own label (Cancilla Cellars). Current prices for the Pinot Noir fruit are in the $3,000 to $3,100/ton range. None of the fruit is contracted long term.
The ±1969 built home, a 3 bedroom 2 bath split entry structure with the main entrance on the east side, has ±1,872 ft² of living area split between ±1,248 on the main level and ±624 ft² on the lower level. The wood framed home (2”x4” exterior walls) rests on a concrete foundation and has a 2 car attached garage on the lower level. The low pitched roof is covered with a built-up “hot mop” tar material that is in good condition. Exterior siding is a combination of vertical and horizontal wood lap in average condition for its age. Interior fit and finish is utilitarian in nature. The ±1,248 ft² main level supports a kitchen, dining area, living room, full bath, and three bedrooms. The master bedroom has an attached ¾ bath. The kitchen was upgraded in ±2012 with granite countertops, new wood cabinetry, and a propane fired stove. Flooring in the kitchen is sheet vinyl. The living room has a fireplace with a pellet stove insert. Low pile Berber type carpet is present in the living room as well as in the bedrooms. The ±624 ft² lower level supports a family room with a fireplace and a laundry room. Access to the ±624 ft² two-car garage is available from the lower level. Wood decking (i.e., western red cedar) , totaling ±1,000 ft², is present off the back of the home and wraps around the south and a portion of the east side. The dwelling has a “full house” 14kw Generac propane fired generator with ATS switch on stand-by in case of power failure. Heat is ducted HVAC provided by a high efficiency propane furnace. A forced-air central AC unit was installed in 2015. Windows are all newer, Milgard vinyl clad double pane. 25 Mbps DSL internet service installed. The 300’ 6” cased well pumps at approx. 8 GPM w/ 12’ of static water. Sewage system is septic tank with leach field.
Oregon Tilth Certified 100% Organic
The vineyard is Oregon Tilth Certified and has been 100% organic since 2013. It was LIVE Sustainable from 2009-2014. Overall the vineyard is in very good to excellent condition and shows professional management. Premium wine grapes from the Cancilla Vineyard are sought out by many winemakers in the region. Commanding price premiums for their quality and organic certification, grapes from the Cancilla vineyard are being used in vineyard designate wines produced by Roots, Hayden Fig, & Swick Wines amongst others (fig 3). Vineyard equipment is included in the sale making this a true turn-key operation (see fig. 4 for equipment list).
*Information deemed accurate but not guaranteed, buyer to perform own due diligence
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