Luminous Hills Vineyard - The Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area The Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area

Luminous Hills Vineyard

(503) 434-2700
With both gentle and dramatic south-facing slopes, Luminous Hills Vineyard sits in the southwestern portion of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA within the larger Willamette Valley appellation. While the appellation as a whole is largely known for its sedimentary soils, Luminous Hills Vineyard lies within a transition zone that has areas of both sedimentary soils (primarily Willakenzie) as well as volcanic soils (Jory). Overall, the vineyard is about 65% sedimentary and 35% volcanic. During the development phase of planting, many scout holes were dug to determine the boundaries of these soil types, in order to match clones to the soils and to enable us to manage those areas separately in the vineyard and to be able to vinify them separately in the winery. Careful assessment of clones and rootstocks were conducted to make the best match for the soils, aspect and elevation at the site. A foundation of Pommard was selected along with large blocks of the Dijon clones 777, 667, and 115. The site uses primarily 101-14 rootstock, with the higher elevation portion of Pommard on Riparia in order to promote earlier ripening for this late ripening clone. Farmed sustainably, Luminous Hills Vineyard is part of the LIVE program.
Dana and Byron Dooley