Our flagship estate, Van Duzer Vineyards, benefits from cooling western wind that flows strongly through the Van Duzer Corridor to the interior Willamette Valley, moderating temperatures and lengthening the growing season. Here, the fussy Pinot Noir grape thrives.
The corridor’s marine breezes control summertime afternoon heat, wrapping the grapes in cool air, which slows their maturation process. This combination of hot days and cool nights enables the grapes to develop the balance of sugars and acid that characterizes fruit-forward wines.
Recorded temperature lows at Van Duzer Vineyards average 13 degrees cooler than those experienced in the northern Willamette Valley. The corridor’s microclimate buffers the effect of cold, as well, keeping the area slightly warmer on years where the temperature is lower than average.