Premier sites for premium wines
ROCO sources grapes from a diverse set of distinguished vineyards dotting the Willamette Valley.
Every vineyard has its own microclimate, soil composition, slope, and relationship with the sun. When people speak of “terroir,” these unique attributes are what they’re talking about—the essence of a place captured in wine. At ROCO, we are keen on delivering the pleasure of place through the prism of vineyard-designated wines.
Wits’ End Vineyard, owned by the Soles family, drapes down the southwestern slope of the Chehalem Mountain Range at 400 feet elevation. Planted mainly in sedimentary soils among stands of native trees and two natural springs, the vineyard is a quintessential Willamette Valley landscape, teeming with wildlife—including owls and hawks, coyotes and even cougars.
The Soles began planting their vineyard in 2001 to Pinot Noir. Then, in 2013, they expanded it to a total of 20 acres, adding a block of Chardonnay in the process. Situated in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Wits’ End Vineyard is arranged in a high-density plot with 2,600 vines per acre of what winemaker Soles considers “the three sexiest Dijon Pinot Noir clones available.” The vineyard is superbly located relative to surrounding landmasses: In the winter, the Chehalem Mountains rise up behind the vineyard (to the north) and protect the vines from northeast Arctic winds, and in the summer, the Dundee Hills (to the south) help to transition the Pacific Ocean winds into gentle afternoon breezes. Wits’ End is the sole source of fruit for ROCO Private Stash Pinot Noir and Wits’ End Vineyard Pinot Noir. The fruit from this vineyard is LIVE Certified and Salmon-Safe.
Cal Knudsen and his wife Julia Lee began planting Knudsen Vineyard after an inspiring 1960s trip to Burgundy. Situated high in the Dundee Hills AVA—at elevations between 500 and 1000 feet—the 130-acre vineyard is planted exclusively in the famed, red volcanic soil known as “Jory” that is unique to the northern Willamette Valley. The site includes plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.
ROCO sources Pinot Noir from Knudsen Vineyard. Due to the vines’ high elevation, they ripen late in the season and give winemaker Rollin Soles the raw material to craft red-fruited, earthy wines with a silky texture—true in form and flavor to the AVA. The fruit from this vineyard is LIVE Certified and Salmon-Safe.
Clawson Creek Vineyard tells the story of industry, war, and rebuilding—at the site of a once-thriving, then-abandoned orchard. This 34-acre vineyard stands at about 400 feet elevation on an east-west ridgeline, in a mix of sedimentary soils layered over fractured sandstone and siltstone. Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in 2006 and 2007, this site includes blocks of Wädenswil and Dijon clones 777 and 115.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the geologic form known as Savannah Ridge was the site of a lively orchard in part of what is now the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. But at the end of World War I, the fruit market collapsed and the Savannah Ridge orchard was forsaken and returned to a wild state. The site has transformed since then, with Clawson Creek Vineyard—and the resulting ROCO wines—added as new players in this deep history.
Roserock Vineyard is perched on a ridge that lies toward the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The 279-acre site has 122 acres planted to mostly Pinot Noir and some Chardonnay. During the growing season, ocean breezes push through the Van Duzer Corridor in Oregon’s Coast Range and maintain the cool climate loved by Pinot Noir vines. This climate, combined with the shallow, well-drained volcanic soils of the Nekia series, make this vineyard a prime site for world-class winegrowing.
ROCO sources Pinot Noir from this LIVE Certified and Salmon-Safe site.
Marsh Estate Vineyard is situated on a prominent knoll between Newberg and Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Planted in 2007, the 23-acre vineyard stands at elevations between 255 and 320 feet in a mix of sedimentary soil types—including Willakenzie, Goodin, Carlton, and Steiwer-Chehlpum Complex soils. The vineyard is comprised mainly of Pinot Noir with a small block of Chardonnay, and is arranged in a medium-density plot of 1820 vines per acre on low-vigor, phylloxera-resistant Riparia Gloire rootstock.
ROCO sources Pinot Noir from the upper slopes of Marsh Estate Vineyard, including blocks of Pommard and Dijon 114 and 115. The fruit from this vineyard is LIVE Certified and Salmon-Safe.
Sustainable farming and winemaking practices
ROCO is committed to responsible methods for tending grapes and transforming them into wine.
ROCO Winery is LIVE Certified Sustainable
LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) is a non-profit organization that provides education and certification for vineyards on a set of internationally-recognized, science-based practices of winegrowing that minimize environmental and social impacts while maximizing long term agricultural and economic sustainability. ROCO Winery is proud to be among the growing group of LIVE Certified Sustainable wineries in Oregon. This designation represents a civic and ecological responsibility very close to our hearts. The benefits of sustainability are clear: Gentler practices are better for the earth. And we believe they also result in brighter, more flavorful wines that better reflect the characteristics of the land from which they are grown.
ROCO Winery is certified Salmon-Safe
Salmon-Safe is a non-profit that was founded in 1995 by an Oregon-based river and native fish protection organization. Since then, it has become one of the nation’s leading, regional eco-labels—designating ecologically sustainable vineyard farming practices. Erosion and runoff from hillside vineyards can bring silt into streams, reducing the ability of native salmon to survive. Vineyards certified as Salmon-Safe are committed to reducing such runoff and enhancing native biodiversity. ROCO Winery is proud to support and rank among them with Wits’ End Vineyard. We take extra precaution to ensure that agricultural processes have little-to-no impact on the health and habitat of our beloved salmon population.
ROCO Winery supports the IOBC
The International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) was established in 1955 to promote environmentally safe methods of pest and disease control in plant protection. IOBC promotes the use of sustainable, environmentally safe, economically feasible, and socially acceptable methods for controlling pests and diseases that threaten agricultural and forestry crops. ROCO Winery firmly believes in the ideals and practices of the IOBC and makes every effort to uphold the IOBC’s standards for “Integrated Organization and Integrated Pest Management.”