Eileen Vineyard

Perched high on a hill, Eileen Vineyard has a commanding view of the Cristom Estate, the Eastern Cascade Mountains, and the Western Coastal Range. The vineyard’s elevation soars from 540 to 705 feet, giving Eileen the highest elevation on the Cristom property. Eileen is also known for having the youngest vines: 16.6 acres of Pinot Noir were planted in 1997; in 2007, 4.52 acres of Wädenswil clone Pinot Noir were added. This gives Eileen the distinction of having the youngest vines on the farm and the largest planting. Named for Paul Gerrie’s wife (and co-owner of Cristom), Eileen Gerrie, the Eileen Single Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir was first released in 2000. more…

Jessie Vineyard

The views from the top of the east-facing Jessie Vineyard are some of Cristom’s most spectacular. On a clear day, the Cascade Mountains (including Mts. Jefferson, Hood, and Adams) sparkle. Named after Paul Gerrie’s paternal grandmother, Jessie Sommers, Jessie Vineyard is the steepest on the Cristom property. It is also the vineyard with the greatest elevation change and most diverse soils. First released in 1998, Jessie is typically deep, rich and floral with multiple layers of flavor. more…

Louise Vineyard

Paul Gerrie’s maternal grandmother was the namesake of Louise Vineyard, the first Cristom estate vineyard planted. Thanks to a slope that separates the upper and lower parts of the vineyard, Louise is distinctive because it usually has some of the first and last fruit harvested each year. Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir was first released in 1996. It typically has more acid and tannin than other single vineyard estate Pinot Noirs – a result of its lower elevation and warmer site. more…

Marjorie Vineyard

Originally planted in 1982, the Marjorie Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and home to some of the oldest vines we farm. Marjorie is a gently sloped East-facing hillside found between 480 feet and 615 feet above sea level.

Named for Paul Gerrie’s mother, the first single vineyard estate Marjorie was released in 1994. A true example of terroir, the soil, elevation, climate, and vine age meet and produce a wine capable of great depth, complexity, and long-term age ability. more…

Emilia Vineyard

As you drive up the hill to Cristom, the first vineyard you see is Pinot Gris. Planted in 1993, this low elevation, five-acre parcel is named for Eileen’s mother, Emilia. With more than 1800 vines per acre, Emilia’s soil has the biggest expression of sedimentary terrain that we have on the property. Planted with entirely vertical shoot position (VSP) trellising, the prettiest time to be in this vineyard is when the weather allows views of Mt. Jefferson. In summer, the sun ripens the grapes more quickly than higher elevation vineyard and tints them a soft lilac color. Characteristically, the fruit from this vineyard is the first to be picked during harvest. more…

Germaine Vineyard

Chardonnay grapes are planted in the volcanic soil just west of Emilia vineyard. This small half-acre, planted with a Dijon clone, is named for Steve Doerner’s maternal grandmother Germaine. Planted in 1993, Germaine provides a wonderful view of Mt. Hood on a clear day. The vineyard’s eastern exposure means that it gets early morning sun during a typically cool time of day. The 2300 vines per acre yield three barrels or 50-75 cases of Chardonnay each year. The wine is available exclusively for purchase in the tasting room and for our cellar club members. more…

Estate Viognier

Cristom was the first winery in the valley to plant Viognier; our first bottling was released in 1996. Located to the west of the winery building, the vineyard shares the warmest part of our property with our Syrah grapes. Doused with Oregon sunshine all summer long, the Viognier vines welcome the cool, gentle breezes of the nearby Van Duzer corridor. On a clear day, you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood while strolling through the five-acre parcel with 2200 vines per acre. This vineyard ripens quickly, and Steve and Mark find a delicate balance of picking the fruit just as the varietal character develops. more…

Estate Syrah

Perched next to the Viognier vineyard is 1.25 acres of estate Syrah, with roughly 1200 vines per acre. Syrah is typically not grown in Oregon, but Steve took on the challenge in 2001, grafting 2.5 acres of Chardonnay over to Syrah. The vineyard, with views of rolling hills, is the warmest on the property. The grapes soak up the sunshine all summer long, cooled only by winds that rustle through nearby trees. Four different Syrah clones produce small, thick-skinned berries in loose clusters. The fruit is watched carefully, and picked selectively before being fermented separately and blended together right before bottling to create complexity and harmony. more…