Freedom Hill is located in the foothills of the coast range 10 miles southwest of Salem, Oregon. The vineyard was planted in 1993 on a well-drained silty clay loam. It has a southwest exposure at an elevation of 475’ and benefits from heat rising off the valley floor.
Since beginning production of Pinot blanc in 1997, demand has grown steadily. In 2008, we worked with Freedom Hill to expand the Pinot blanc block from 1.8 to 3.0 acres. The first grapes were harvested from the new vines in 2010 and reached full production capacity in 2013.
Vintage Notes: The 2011 season began with a very cool spring. This delayed shoot growth and the flowering phase occurred later than in any previous Oregon vintage. The summer was relatively warm and disease-free. The weather cooled in September and became cloudy by early October. With the late start of the season, the grapes desperately needed sun to complete the ripening process. By mid-October the sun returned and continued to shine into November. Harvest began in mid-to-late October and was the latest in our 24-year history.