We hold our Oregon Pinot Gris to the same small-batch quality standards found in our distinctive Pinot Noirs. Dating back to at least to the Middle Ages in Burgundy, France, the Pinot Gris grape is genetically related to Pinot Noir. So it only makes sense that Willamette Valley growers would turn to Pinot Gris as their white wine of choice. As with our Pinot Noirs, the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar winemaking team strives to deliver complex terroir character and beautiful varietal expression in our Oregon Pinot Gris, by using a “hands-off” approach at the winery.
We craft our Pinot Gris bone-dry, aromatic and naturally elegant.
With excellent weight and texture on the palate, and intriguing minerality in its long, elegant finish, our Pinot Gris is textbook Willamette Valley. We ensure this distinctive style by keeping residual sugar levels well below one-tenth of 1%, a major quality factor in classic Pinot Gris food pairings like fresh local salmon or shellfish.
We work with growers throughout the Willamette Valley to achieve a perfect balance.
As with Pinot Noir, we believe the very best Oregon Pinot Gris is derived from what we pick in the vineyard more than by what we do in the winery. We enjoy blending diverse soil types and altitudes to deliver a complex terroir character in a precise, pure and balanced wine. Our current Pinot Gris is sourced from three outstanding vineyards in different parts of the Willamette Valley. Kramer Farms is located in the northern Willamette Valley near the town of Mount Angel. Its alluvial soils combine clay, silt, sand and gravel to contribute structure and length on the palate. About 90 miles to the south of Yamhill we found two wonderful vineyard sites sites near the town of Junction City: Grace Hill Vineyard and Kliewer Vineyard. With their Bellpine soil of silty clay loam, the fruit profile from this part of the Willamette Valley adds flesh and richness to our Pinot Gris blend.