Laurelwood Winery produces wine from grapes grown in the Yamhil-Carlton's Hirschy Vineyard. This vineyard is located within the Yamhil-Carlton AVA, located in northern Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This unique valley has a Mediterranean/oceanic climate with cool wet winters and warm dry summers. Rich organic and glacial material flooded into the valley more than ten thousand years ago, leaving thick layers of topsoil that are up to a half mile deep. In this region, the combination of climate and soil laid the foundation for one of the best fruit growing locations on Earth.
Following the era of prohibition, many aspiring wine growers discovered this region and created sub-regions within it; eventually these sub-regions became legally recognized as American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs. One of those AVAs is Yamhill-Carlton.
Laurelwood’s Hirschey Vineyard is located in that AVA. Comprised of Willakenzie soils, the Hirschy vineyard’s elevation rises to 400 feet above sea level, making it an excellent location for growing Pinot Noir. The quality of the fruit can be reflected by neighboring winemakers who share these rich soils, which creates a dynamic atmosphere that fosters new growth every season.