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Chehalem Newberg, OR 97132 www.chehalemwines.com
106 South Center Street
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538.4700
Fax : 503 537.0850
Tasting room hours: --- (Map)
Tastings Thur thru Mon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please contact Daniel if you have any questions or would like to schedule a group tasting (10 or more) at 503-538-9396.
  • Monday:
  • 11:00 AM.5:00 PM.
  • Thursday:
  • 11:00 AM.5:00 PM.
  • Friday:
  • 11:00 AM.5:00 PM.
  • Saturday:
  • 11:00 AM.5:00 PM.
  • Sunday:
  • 11:00 AM.5:00 PM.
    Chehalem (Chuh-hay-lum) is a local Calapooia Indian word best translated as "gentle land" or "valley of flowers," phrases that capture a long-standing, almost religious reverence for the land. We understand this reverence, for we consider ourselves a vineyard winery, dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced, with minimal processing, without compromising great fruit.
    Chehalem traces its history back to vineyard operations started by Harry Peterson-Nedry in 1980 at Ridgecrest Vineyards, the pioneering wine operation on Ribbon Ridge, northwest of Newberg, Oregon. Bill and Cathy Stoller joined Harry in the winery in 1993 and subsequently began Stoller Vineyards - a densely planted, 125 acres on Stoller family farmlands at the southern tip of the Dundee Hills. Corral Creek Vineyards, adjacent to the winery facility, is Chehalem's third estate vineyard. Our first release was the 1990 Ridgecrest Pinot Noir.
    Equally well-known for red and white wine quality, we carry a passion and focus for cool climate varieties that reflect both site and climate in complex, structured and intensely fruited wines.
    Our Pinot gris style is unique, largely because our standard for emulation is Alsace. We produce two distinct wines: a tank fermented Pinot gris that is bright and crisp, and a rich, round Pinot Gris Reserve that is barrel fermented in neutral oak. An intense, bone dry Riesling and rich, full fruited Pinot blanc continue our Alsace resemblance. We also produce a 100% tank-fermented, unoaked Chardonnay, INOX, and Ian's Reserve Chardonnay, a wine rich and full with 100% Dijon clone fruit.
    For Pinot noir, our main distribution wine is the 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir, complemented by limited amounts of Reserve Pinot Noir and a vineyard designate from each of our estate vineyards.
    Our philosophy and style do not always follow the industry norms or market trends. That we look for deftness and elegance in Pinot noirs at a time when black, opaque, extracted and heavily wooded wines are the norm, speaks to this sense. That we crop-thin Pinot gris as aggressively as Pinot noir and look for optimal ripeness such that it is harvested after Pinot noir indicates an almost obsessive attention to detail. At a time when Riesling is being pulled out, Chehalem counter intuitively plants prime acres to this variety, convinced it as sensitively reflects site and climate for white wine as Pinot noir does for red.
    Call us crazy, but we think our objective is not to follow today's trends, but is to lead to a novel future that is stimulating, exciting and beautiful - such as it must have been generations ago for the Calapooia, overlooking the "valley of flowers."
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  • Chehalem Winery
    ........31190 NE Veritas Lane
    ........Newberg, OR 97132 ........ Open ... Info & Map Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ... Info & Map-2
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  • Winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry
    Harry Peterson-Nedry is the founder, winemaker, and managing partner of Chehalem, one of Oregon's premier wineries.
    Harry initially applied degrees in Chemistry and English from the University of North Carolina to a career in high-tech manufacturing. His interest in wine began innocently enough as a hobby, but developed into a serious passion - deeply rooted when he planted his 55-acre Ridgecrest Vineyards in 1980. Ridgecrest was not only the first of Harry's vineyards, but was also the first vineyard development in Oregon's newly designated Ribbon Ridge AVA. Ultimately, what began as a hobby led to a radical change in career paths.
    In 1990, Harry founded Chehalem, and his hands-on approach to winemaking began. Within five years, he had expanded the winery's estate holdings to include partnerships in Corral Creek Vineyards (adjacent to the winery) and Stoller Vineyards in the southern Dundee Hills, developed by his Chehalem partners, Bill and Cathy Stoller.
    Harry's interest in the wine industry extends far beyond the wines of Chehalem. He has been appointed to and is now serving a second term on the Oregon Wine Board by Governor Kulongoski and serves on the board of WineAmerica (formerly the American Vintners Association), the national trade association for America's wineries. He also has represented Oregon at the International Pinot Gris Symposium in Germany and has worked to establish Oregon Pinot Camp, ORCA (the Oregon Chardonnay Alliance), Willamette Valley AVAs (authoring the Ribbon Ridge petition), and to raise Riesling awareness. His passionate reach continues to extend into family, environmental conservation, and the arts.
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    2009 Reserve Pinot Gris Reserve Pinot Gris
  • Appellation: Willamette Valley
  • Winemaker: Harry Peterson-Nedry
  • Pale golden color with oily, filling, yellow fruit. The palate is bone dry but the luscious roundness makes it appear much more mouth-watering and full. There is a lingering presence of lychee fruit, slate, Earl Gray tea, soft vanilla, sage, and balanced acid. Very powerful and beautiful at the same time.
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