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PRODUCING AWARD WINING WINES

OUR VINEYARDS

ABOUT US

BACKGROUND

 

StoneRiver Vineyards is well known for producing some of Oregon's most outstanding wine. It is located in the Bear Creek Valley, a part of the Rogue Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) in Southern, Oregon.

StoneRiver Vineyards is made up of 3 adjacent farm parcels previously known as Pioneer Orchards, Fowler Ranch and Brookbank Orchards. Together they total 45 acres. 33 acres are planted to 13 varieties of wine grapes: 4 whites and 9 reds. 5 acres are set aside in 21 Eco-zones to support our sustainability programs and 2 acres are set aside as a buffer along Coleman Creek for riparian restoration and conservation. The remaining 5 acres are used to support our vineyard operations. 60% of our grapes are sold under long term contract to A to Z Wineworks in Newberg, Oregon. The other 40% are used in the production of our own wines. 

StoneRiver Vineyards is located in the Anderson sub-watershed, one of 21 sub-watersheds in the Bear Creek Watershed in Southern Oregon. Bear Creek Valley, which is defined by the Bear Creek Watershed, is approximately 400 miles square and 28 miles long. There are 83 named creeks in Bear Creek Valley. These creeks all flow into Bear Creek, then into the Rogue River where they travel approximately 127 miles and empty into the Pacific Ocean.

VINEYARD LAYOUT

 

The Talent Irrigation District (TID) Middle Canal separates StoneRiver Vineyards into two sections, the Upper Vineyard and the Lower Vineyard. The Upper Vineyard is located on the west side of the Canal and contains about 40% of our vineyards. It ranges in elevation from 1693 to 1755 feet and has a moderate 2 to 4% slope moving from west to east. The Lower Vineyard is located on the east side of the Talent Middle Canal and contains about 60% of our vineyards. The Lower Vineyard ranges in elevation from 1620 to 1688 feet and is mostly level with a slight 0 to 1% slope.

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UPPER VINEYARD

 

The Upper Vineyard is bordered by Coleman Creek, one of two major tributaries in the Anderson Sub-watershed. Coleman Creek starts near Anderson Butte (5247 ft) and travels about 5 miles before it passes over the north end of our vineyards. It continues another mile and a half to a point just north of the town of Phoenix, where it empties into Bear Creek.

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SOIL

 

Underlying the Upper Vineyard are two distinct soil types. Most of the Upper Vineyard (Blocks 8, 9, 10, & 11) consists of Quaternary alluvial fan deposits (Qaf). These soils, the youngest in the Valley, are fan-shaped deposits of poorly sorted sand, silt, and gravel that were deposited 10,000 - 12,000 years ago at the mouths of torrential-flood channels. The Qaf soils in our Upper Vineyard are at the outer edges of the Qaf deposits and include a higher level of clay than found in the Lower Vineyard closer to the valley floor..  These soils have produced several award winning wines including a recent "Best in Class" for our 2015 Tempranillo at the 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 2015 Tempranillo was also judged by the SF Chronicle to be one of "10 Best Northwest Wines".

 

The second soil type underlays a small 1 and a half acre block that contains two small sub-blocks  (Blocks 12A & 12B) planted with Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.  Most of this block is on a shale ledge that protrudes onto our property from the Siskiyou Slope on the west.  These soils are very shallow; sometimes less than a foot to the shale ledge.  The soil here also produces exceptional wines including our 2017 Pinot Gris that recently received a "Gold Medal" at the 2018 SIP Northwest Wine Competition.

WIND

 

Our Upper Vineyard has another unique characteristic. The winds coming from Anderson Butte have a clear unimpeded path as they move over our vineyards and drop into Coleman Creek at the eastern edge of the property. This has both a positive and a negative effect on our vines. The positive effect is that most of the cold air passing over our vineyards settles in the Coleman Creek basin to the east. Since Cold air settles at the lowest point, this natural phenomenon helps mitigate potential frost damage to our vines during the spring when they are the most vulnerable. 

The negative effect is that the winds are occasionally severe enough to wreak havoc with our vines. A good example is what happened in the spring of 2014. In less than a minute one of our Malbec rows was almost completely flattened.  Several metal line stakes were bent in half and the metal torn. Fortunately, we were able to upright the vines and stake them again without any long term damage.

UPPER VINEYARD STATISTICS

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ACREAGE

20 Acres

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PLANTINGS

2002, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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ROW SPACING

9 Feet

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BLOCKS

8A, 8B, 8C, 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D, 9E, 10, 11, 12A, 12B

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FROST PROTECTION

None

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AREA PLANTED

13 Acres

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VARIETIES

Chardonnay, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah & Tempranillo

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DENSITY

Varies

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SOIL

Mostly Coleman loam. 8-20in; dark brown dry; slightly hard, friable, sticky & plastic; very fine tubular pores; slightly acid ph 6.8

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IRRIGATION

Gravity fed drip irrigation; 1/2 gallon pressure compensated emitters

LOWER VINEYARD

 

The Lower  Vineyard contains a secondary residence, our Tasting Room and the buildings and equipment used for vineyard operations.  The Lower Vineyard consists of 10 vineyard blocks that are divided into 14 sub-blocks and contain 20 acres of grapevines. 7 different grape varieties are planted in the Lower Vineyard.​

SOIL

 

Underlying the Lower Vineyard  (Blocks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 13) are Quaternary alluvial fan deposits (Qaf). These soils are the same as found in our Upper Vineyard except that they don't include the additional amount of clay found there.  The Qaf soils, the youngest in the Valley, are fan-shaped deposits of poorly sorted sand, silt, and gravel at the mouths of torrential-flood channels.

Lower Vineyard

LOWER VINEYARD STATISTICS

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ACREAGE

25 Acres

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PLANTINGS

2003. 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018

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ROW SPACING

9 Feet

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BLOCKS

1A, 1B, 2, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, 6C, 7, 13A, 13B, 13C

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FROST PROTECTION

Frost Fans

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AREA PLANTED

20 Acres

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VARIETIES

Albarino, Cab Franc, Charbono, Chardonnay, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Viognier

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DENSITY

Varies

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SOIL

Mostly Coleman loam. 8-20in; dark brown dry; slightly hard, friable, sticky & plastic; very fine tubular pores; slightly acid ph 6.8

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IRRIGATION

Gravity fed drip irrigation; 1/2 gallon pressure compensated emitters