Tasting Room Open:

Thursday - Monday

11am-4pm

Reservations preferred

Walk-ins welcome with availability

   

   

16250 SW Oldsville Rd

McMinnville, OR 97128

503-843-3100

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A view from the top of our vineyard towards the windmill.
A view from the top of our vineyard towards the windmill.
Looking down through the vineyard to the winery building below.
Looking down through the vineyard to the winery building below.
Pinot gris grapes ripen on the vine.
Pinot gris grapes ripen on the vine.
Sunshine highlights clusters of Chardonnay grapes on the vine.
Sunshine highlights clusters of Chardonnay grapes on the vine.
Purple clusters ripen on the vine.
Purple clusters ripen on the vine.
Sequoia Grove block of Pinot Noir leads into the Boot block in the distance.
Sequoia Grove block of Pinot Noir leads into the Boot block in the distance.

Our Estate

Established in 1983, Yamhill Valley Vineyards is the oldest winery in the McMinnville AVA.

Denis Burger and Elaine McCall were looking for a piece of property to plant grapes on and learn about winegrowing from the ground up.  On a wet, August weekend they opened up the classified section of the newspaper and spotted an ad that read “Land For Sale, Good For Grapes,” and they were off.  The rain continued all the way until they turned off Highway 18 onto Oldsville Road.  As they turned the corner approaching the property, a rainbow appeared over the hillside in front of them.  The rain stopped.  They had arrived.  The site was not where they had been looking and was much larger than what was needed for their original plan, but as they explored their new patch of Yamhill County, they fell in love with the views, the hillsides, the little stream with its wildflowers on its bank that ran across the track, and they began making plans for a vineyard.

Slowly they acquired adjacent parcels of land, planting vineyards, and planning for a winery.  Today we make 100% estate grown wines from our 150-acre vineyard.  Located in the rolling foothills of the Coast range mountains, we sit one hour southwest of Portland in the heart of the Willamette Valley.  Our estate ranges from 200 feet to 600 feet in elevation, spanning two dominant soil types: volcanic and marine sedimentary.  We are a cool climate growing region, with 2300-2500 degree days on average and 35 inches of annual rainfall.  We are located within the Van Duzer Corridor, a wind effect that brings in cool, marine air in the evenings and serves multiple purposes: winds to keep the canopy and tight clusters of grapes dry, cooling effect for a strong diurnal temperature shift that maintain acidity in the fruit, and thickening of the grapes’ skins in response to the wind, increasing the skin to juice ratio.  Within our site, we have a diversity of clones, trellis styles, slopes, and vine ages, all providing complexity for the winemaker. From our beginning we have been stubbornly dedicated to the pursuit of a character that is distinctively Oregon and distinctively Yamhill Valley. Our goal is to bring forth from this unusual and exciting property the finest possible expression of its intensity, charm and uniqueness.

Pinot Noir lies at the heart of our winemaking, with Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Rosé rounding out the production. Our Tasting Room is open year-round for wine tasting and charcuterie with vineyard views, relaxing under the oak trees on the back deck, and enjoying the riches of the estate.  More information here.

 

Who We Are:

Denis Burger, Founder

Elaine McCall, Founder

David Hinrichs, Founder

Greg Burger, Vice President and National Sales Manager

Carlos Escobar, Vineyard Manager

Ariel Eberle, Head Winemaker

Jenny Burger, President and General Manager

Monica Macias, Lead Tasting Room Associate

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

1983 Throwback Weekend

Mar 3, 2024

We're Celebrating Forty Years of theWillamette Valley AVA! 1983 was a hallmark year for a handful of pioneering winemakers in Oregon's Willamette Valley. On December 1st, the Federal Alcohol ... read  more

We're Celebrating Forty Years of theWillamette Valley AVA! 1983 was a hallmark year for a handful of pioneering winemakers in Oregon's Willamette Valley. On December 1st, the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau granted the Willamette Valley official status as an American Viticultural Area, effective January 3rd, 1984.Oregon's Willamette Valley has been producing world-class ...

Steamboat Inn Winemaker Dinner w/ Nick's Italian Cafe

Apr 27, 2024

For more than 20 years the best chefs, winemakers, brewers, and distillers from around Oregon have joined forces at Steamboat Inn to create special nights of food, drink, and friendship. The intimate and ... read  more

For more than 20 years the best chefs, winemakers, brewers, and distillers from around Oregon have joined forces at Steamboat Inn to create special nights of food, drink, and friendship. The intimate and magical surroundings of Steamboat Inn lead to amazing collaborations that diners would not be able to experience in a traditional restaurant or tasting room setting. Head Winemaker, Ariel Eberle, ...

Mother's Day Wine & Cheese Pairing

May 11, 2024 - May 12, 2024

Treat the mom in your life to some quality time and quality wines. read  more

Rosmarino Winemaker Dinner

Jun 14, 2024

We are thrilled to partner with Rosmarino Italian Osteria for another 5-course Winemaker Dinner! Two seatings will be available: - 5pm on the patio - 7:30pm in the main room More details to come, check ... read  more

We are thrilled to partner with Rosmarino Italian Osteria for another 5-course Winemaker Dinner! Two seatings will be available: - 5pm on the patio - 7:30pm in the main room More details to come, check back later and make your reservation at: https://www.osteriarosmarino.com/new-page

Father's Day Wine and Cheese Pairing

Jun 15, 2024 - Jun 16, 2024

Nothing is quite as cheesy as a dad joke, but we'll do our best with a Father's Day wine and cheese pairing! Enjoy a special flight of five wines each paired with a local cheese from Briar Rose ... read  more

Nothing is quite as cheesy as a dad joke, but we'll do our best with a Father's Day wine and cheese pairing! Enjoy a special flight of five wines each paired with a local cheese from Briar Rose Creamery - $30 per person.    Please call or email to make your reservation: 503-843-3100 / info@yamhill.com  
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