Here at Gresser Vineyard we love our location in the Oregon Chehalem Mountains, we love growing grapes and making wine, and we love paying attention to the details! All of the work planting and tending our grapes and making our wine is done by our family at our vineyard and winery in the beautiful Willamette Valley. We grow our own Pinot Noir grapes and source grapes from carefully selected partners for our other wines and blends. We look forward to sharing the results with you!
At Gresser, our wines represent the celebration of family, tradition, and fine wine. Specializing in small production varietals, our wines are meticulously crafted with an attention to detail to get the best out of our land, grapes, and our own efforts. Our Pinot Noir is grown on our family-owned vineyard and handcrafted under the leadership of our owner and winemaker, Paul Gates, his sons, and other family members. From the grapes we grow to the design on our labels, every aspect of our wine is designed to provide a memorable experience.
The vineyard is located at 900 ft elevation on Iowa Hill in the Chehalem Mountains. It is planted on a steep slope in Laurelwood soils. These and many other factors result in naturally low yields. Riparia Gloire rootstock was chosen for its reputation for limited yields and enhanced ripe wine. Pinot Noir clones UCD29, Dijon 113, 115 were selected for making small clusters with intense flavors. The vine density is 1 meter by 1.5 meters, resulting in 2900 vines per acre.
Every year Gresser Vineyard takes a step towards being more sustainable. Sustainability started from the day we planted our vines. While most vineyards will plant 1,000 vines per acre, we planted 3,000 vines per acre. We know that using heavy equipment increases our carbon footprint and decreases our ability to inspect and care for each vine. For this reason, we walk our vineyard vine by vine allowing us to better understand what our grapes need while not adding carbon to our atmosphere. Most vineyards use heavy equipment to process their grape cluster, we choose to power our equipment with a recumbent bicycle. These are just a few steps we have taken in our never-ending pursuit become naturally sustainable