Our goal is for life on the farm including the soil, the vines, and all other plant and insect life to be healthier 50 years from now than today.
The vineyards are 20 total acres with three distinct blocks of Pinot Noir and one block of Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The Natasha block at 6.5 acres is the largest of the three Pinot Noir blocks, and is located at an elevation of approximately 600 feet on marine sedimentary soil. The Jordan block of Pinot Noir is 5 acres in area and grows on a steep slope of volcanic rock at an altitude of approximately 750 to 800 feet. Both blocks are own-rooted 60% Pommard and 40% Wadenswil clones, planted in 1989. The Bailey block, Dijon 777 on 10114 root stock, is our third block of Pinot Noir planted in 2008, has an area of 3.5 acres located between the Jordan and Natasha blocks. It grows in primarily volcanic rock with a wide band of shale running through the middle about 18 inches down. The Aspen block, planted in 2006, consists of 2.5 acres of Pinot Gris, 148 and 152 clones on 3309 root stock at approximately 525 to 600 feet; and 2.5 acres of Chardonnay, 75, 76, 95, and 548 clones on the same root stock. These clones are more suited to ripen in our cooler climate.
We started farming organically in 2003, have been practicing biodynamic farming since 2011, and dry farm, meaning no irrigation. We are totally in balance and sync with nature. Youngberg Hill has earned third party sustainable certifications for LIVE (liveinc.org) and Salmon Safe (salmonsafe.org), and in 2010 we were certified “Sustainable” by the Oregon Wine Board.
The soils are complemented by distinct weather here in the coast foothills. Located only 25 miles from the ocean, the coast range provides a shadow for the weather coming from the coast. We receive slightly less precipitation and more sunny days. We enjoy long days in the summer, cool day temperatures of 83 degrees, coastal breezes every afternoon, and cooler night temperatures of 55. All of these elements are excellent for growing Pinot Noir and enable us to produce extremely high quality fruit with rich, intense black fruit flavors.