Syrah in the Northern Willamette Valley ?

Mt. Hood in the background

Mt. Hood in the background

Yes, call me a contrarian but I’ve planted Syrah in Pinot Noir country (I’ve planted Pinot Noir too, of course).  You see, I love cool climate Syrah. Syrah can be so elegant when grown in a cool climate and I’m confident that our unique terroir will contribute flavors and subtleties to the resulting wine. Now, if we can just get mother nature to help out this year and hold the rain at bay for another3-4 weeks!

We are a small, family owned wine producer in the nortthern part of the Willamette Valley, in the recently designated Chehalem Mountains AVA. I’ve formed this blog to chronicle my experiment with making Syrah here in the Pacific Northwest, as well as to express my opinion on life, wine making, food, sustainable living, politics and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Karl Dinger


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