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 LIVE Certified and Salmon-Safe 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 Dijon clones. The vineyard is superbly located relative to surrounding landmasses: In the winter, the Chehalem Mountains rising up behind the vineyard (to the north) protect the vines from northeast Arctic winds, and in the summer, the Dundee Hills (to the south) transition Pacific Ocean winds into gentle afternoon breezes.