Chehalem Mountains AVA

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2014 Breaking Ground Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains AVA, Adelsheim Vineyard
Chehalem Mountains AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2006[1]
Country United States
Part of Oregon, Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon Coast Range (Part of an inland limb/arm)
Other regions in Oregon, Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon Coast Range (Part of an inland limb/arm) Cooper Mountain, Trask Mountain
Sub-regions Ribbon Ridge AVA
Growing season May-October
Climate region Woodland, Pacific Northwest, Maritime
Precipitation (annual average) About 60 inches in a typical year
Soil conditions Basalt Clay, Marine Sedimentary, Glacial Loess
Size of planted vineyards 1,600 acres (647 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, [2] Syrah, Auxerrois blanc
Varietals produced Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Auxerrois
No. of wineries Adelsheim Vineyard
Comments Bald Peak, the highest in Chehalem Mountains, is 1,636 feet at the peak.

The Chehalem Mountains AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Clackamas, Yamhill, and Washington counties of northwestern Oregon. It is entirely contained within the Willamette Valley AVA. The region stretches 20 miles (32 km) from Wilsonville in the southeast to Forest Grove in the northwest. The Chehalem Mountains includes Ribbon Ridge AVA, Parrett Mountain, Bald Peak, and the proposed Laurelwood AVA. The petition process for the creation of the Chehalem Mountains AVA began in 2001 and was led by David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard.[2] The AVA was officially established in 2006.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.205 Chehalem Mountains." Archived January 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Wines Northwest (2006). "Chehalem Mountains Becomes Oregon's Fifteenth American Viticultural Area". Dec. 27, 2006.

Coordinates: 45°26′N 122°58′W / 45.433°N 122.967°W / 45.433; -122.967