The vineyards have grown to more than 12 acres of grapes that include mostly Pinot Noir. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are also grown, as well as small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer.
Whistling Ridge Vineyards is located on two sites near Newberg, Oregon, in Yamhill County. The dream of starting a vineyard became reality in 1988 with the purchase of 20 acres, much of which was prime vineyard land. We cleared approximately 10 acres of mostly walnut and fir trees to make way for planting grape vines. Our vines thrive on Willakenzie silty clay loam, running north to south, in an altitude of 450'. We use the Double Guyot training system with a spacing of 5 by 7 feet. Our vines' overall vigor is moderate with no irrigation.
In 1990, we planted the first Pinot Noir plants (a variety of Waidensville and Pomard clones) on two acres. We replanted the original 1989 site in the last few years with one acre of Pinot Noir and one acre of 96 and 76 Dijon clone Chardonnay. In the spring of 2000, we planted one-half of an acre of Pinot Noir at the original site and one acre of Pinot Noir at our new site, located about a mile up North Valley Road.
We now have seven acres of Pinot Noir, one acre of Chardonnay, and two acres of Pinot Gris. For experimentation and fun, we maintain in small quantities some Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Muscat, Schonburger, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Blanc.
15025 NE North Valley Road