The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is a sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley located just west-northwest of Salem, Oregon’s state capitol. It’s comprised of 37,900 acres and is one of the finest areas for Oregon, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The Eola-Amity Hills region enjoys a temperate climate of warm summers and mild winters, and 40 inches of annual rain, most of which falls outside of the growing season. Average maximum temperatures are 62 degrees F in April and 83 degrees F in July, which contributes to the ideal conditions for cool-climate loving Pinot Noir. The climate in this region is greatly influenced by its position due east of the Van Duzer Corridor, which provides a break in the coast range that allows cool Pacific Ocean air to flow through. This drops temperatures in the region dramatically, especially during late summer afternoons, helping to keep grape acids firm.The soils in the Eola-Amity Hills predominantly contain volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows as well as marine sedimentary rocks and alluvial deposits at the lower elevations of the ridge. This combination results in a relatively shallow, rocky set of well-drained soils (most notably of the Nekia series), which typically produce small grapes with great concentration.
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