The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is located in the VanDuzer Corridor. This gap in the Coast Range Mountains allows for a wind influence provides a more forward expression of tannin than other areas of the Willamette Valley.
Food Pairing Notes
It’s early in its lifespan but Spirit Hill is beginning to display a combination of attributes we’ve come to know at our two their vineyards in the Dundee and Eola Hills…call it the best of both worlds.
The 2015 growing season began with plenty of sunshine and warmth throughout the Spring, leading to an earlier than average bud break. As such, an early bloom kicked off with fantastic weather, leading to an above average fruit set. This required us to meticulously thin our vineyards in order to capture dense, vibrant fruit flavors. The summer was dry, though never getting too hot for too long. Harvest started early at Knudsen Vineyard in the Dundee Hills on August 24th and finished nearly one month later in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at our Spirit Hill Vineyard on September 27th. This was our first growing season ever to be done picking before the month of October.