North Valley by Soter Vineyards
The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal wines, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found – an epicenter we refer to as the North Valley – which includes all of the defined sub-appellations (the Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, etc.). It is from within this region of rolling hillsides and diverse soils that veteran winegrowers James Cahill and Tony Soter, along with North Valley partner, Michelle Soter, source certified sustainable vineyards of real “Cru” quality for these personality-driven wines. Meticulous, hands-on attention to farming practices throughout the growing season from flowering through harvest, and minimal handling in the winery, assures a resulting level of quality normally associated exclusively with estate grown wines – in fact, we think of each vineyard site we work with as if it were a “satellite estate property”, as a statement of our genuine commitment to making the best wines we can.
North Valley wines are crafted from a diverse set of clones, soil types and microclimates, representing the various sub-appellations of our region. Our winemaking practices are time-honored, small-lot methods, using new French oak with restraint, so that the pure, regional characteristics of our wines shine brightly. These wines are what we refer to in-house as our “Regional Rock Stars”!