Helioterra’s production focuses on three pillars: aromatic white wines, Pinot Noirs, and Rhone red wines. Our approach to wine-making is low intervention, and bordering on all natural. We make the best wines we can to honor the grapes and vineyard sites we have selected.
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2016 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT BLANC
Just 278 cases produced
2016 WILLAMETTE VALLEY MELON DE BOURGOGNE
An Oregon “Muscadet!”
Melon de Bourgogne remains a rare breed on this side of the world, and we’re so thrilled it’s found a foothold in Oregon. Our 2015 vintage is the perfect blend of crisp and delicately sweet: aromas of lemon curd, shortbread, and honey are fortified by a full palate packed with graham, bacon fat, Mt. Hood strawberry, and rose pepper. If you like zippy, dry whites, Melon de Bourgogne is a must-try.
Just 165 cases produced
2017 RIBBON RIDGE REDMAN VINEYARD ARNEIS
Everybody loves a comeback.
In 2006, Anne was making wines for her friend Don Mixon at Madrone Mountain Vineyard. They made three vintages of the Starthistle Cuvée – a blend of Riesling and Huxelrebe (a pre-war hybrid of Chasselas with Courtiller Musqué). That one wine made such an impression that restauranteurs and retailers around Portland begged Anne to make it again. Enter: the Helioterra Starthistle.
In honor of the Yellow Starthistle – a prehistoric-looking, spiny, noxious little vineyard weed that produces one of the best honeys in the world – we present this perfectly balanced, honeyed, off-dry and racy aperitif wine. With aromas of beeswax, honeysuckle, jasmine, and cardamom, and a round, balanced palate with lots of spice, we think you’ll enjoy this wine just as much as we do!
Huxelrebe (43%) September 19, 2015
Riesling (57%) October 3rd, 2015
2017 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR ROSÉ
2014 VINTNER’S SELECT PINOT NOIR
The Grande Dame
This wine represents the best of the cellar. To create the Vintner’s Select, we thoughtfully select the best barrel from each vineyard site. The result is a wine that is richer and more contemplative, with greater aromatics and texture, than the Willamette Valley Pinot. This wine drinks well at release, but is built for time in the wine cellar. Taste it and we think you will agree. The wine was fermented in small lots with native yeasts and aged for one year in French oak.
It’s nicknamed the Grande Dame for a reason. This rich and dusky jewel greets you with aromas of jasmine, leather, bing cherry, and spice before rolling out a rich, earthy, mouth-filling palate that offers bramble, baking spice, dark cherry, and slate. Not for the faint of heart or palate.
Just 125 cases produced
We believe the best Pinot Noirs are nuanced and layered. To achieve this, we blend our Pinot from multiple vineyard sources, across multiple terroirs. This wine is a blend of five vineyard sites: Lichtenwalter Vineyard (Ribbon Ridge), Armstrong Vineyard (Ribbon Ridge), Lias Vineyard (Chehalem Mountain), Apolloni Vineyard (N. Willamette Valley) and Bjornson Vineyard (Eola-Amity Hills.)
Our 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is quite possibly our most seductive Willamette Valley blend yet! It is luscious and round and bursting with red fruits and floral notes. It is a study in balance, with bright bing cherry and red raspberry on the one hand and the earthier, sensual aromas of sandalwood and forest floor on the other. The layered palate is both complex and clean, with red currant, cocoa nib, and dark cherry notes offset by the cool minerality of graphite and slate.
The wine was fermented with 100% native yeasts. It was aged for 12 months in French oak.
Bjornson Vineyard is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, adjacent to the famed Seven Springs vineyard and surrounded by some of the most classic vineyards in the Willamette Valley. The soils are very thin and rocky, producing world class Pinot Noir grapes with deep intensity while maintaining grace.
This wine is sourced from the two best barrels from this vineyard site, blended to produce a wine with richness and elegance. Bjornson Vineyard produces wines with great depth and strength, which this offering demonstrates.
Our Bjornson Pinot Noir is playful but poised. On the nose, it presents the lucent sweetness of sarsaparilla, marionberry, and baking spice alongside the richness of deep ash and smoke. The palate it offers rich, ample layered soft tannins and a long finish, with notes of spiced cherries, and cocoa.
Mourvédre is a dense, opulent grape only now starting to get its due. Though originally and traditionally used as a blending wine, Mourvédre has recently stepped into the single-varietal spotlight as an intensely perfumed and flavored gem. Our version starts savory, with aromas of Herb de Provence, sunbaked dirt, vintage wood, and black pepper. The palate is full of dusky sweets, including blackberry, gooseberry, currant, and dark chocolate, with a trace of smoke. Layered, mouth-filling tannins provide a nice structure for this powerful red.
Just 110 cases produced
One of our bigger, bolder wines, the Columbia Valley Syrah is not for the faint of heart or palate. The aromatics bring to mind a decadent night of lakeside camping, with notes of dusty blueberries, split wood, and coffee, plus just a hint of sage, while the full palate is a lush blend of rich berry notes – think blueberry and plum skins and berry cobbler – and graham tethered by hints of chocolate and leather, and firm, layered tannins.
Just 112 cases produced
Rhone grapes are no stranger to the Willamette Valley. However, in 2013, Anne discovered a unique opportunity to produce this cool climate Syrah for the first time ever. The resulting Syrah bursts with aromas of white peppercorn and clove. It then opens into ash and marjoram, which compliment both the delicate floral notes (thanks to the 3% Viognier co-fermentation) and the heartier ones (brown butter and caramelized leaks). Thanks to firm, ripe tannins, the palate stays spicy (peppercorn, clove) and offers serious umami (au jus). This is your rare chance to taste a cool climate Willamette Valley Syrah – and what Anne feels is amongst the most amazing and unique wines she has ever made.
Just 45 cases produced
[ABOUT THE VINEYARDS]
Apolloni Vineyards – Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Located on southernly facing hillsides ranging from 350’ to 500’ of elevation, this vineyard is planted predominantly in the Dijon clones. As former winemaker at Apolloni Vineyards, Anne chose the blocks and clones that she adored most from this site. They include Dijon clone 115 from the southeasterly facing Olivia block and Dijon clone 777 from the southerly facing Flaminia block. Grown by Alfredo and Laurine Apolloni
Armstrong Vineyard – Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
Founded in 2007, this 16-acre Ribbon Ridge site has matured into a premier Pinot Noir producer that offers numerous south-facing, Pinot-exclusive slopes and one singular, admirable goal: “to produce outstanding grapes from this special site and to work with extremely dedicated, small production winemakers who can reveal the personality of the vineyard in their wines.” Grown by Doug and Michele Ackerman
Bjornson Vineyard – Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Bjornson Vineyard is an idyllic 107-acre site comprised of forest, field, stream, and three blocks of first-class Pinot Noir (Pommard, Dijon-777, Dijon-667, Dijon-115, and Wadenswil clones). Nestled in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, this vineyard’s first priority is, in their own words, to “care for the land.” They’ve made good on that promise by using certified-LIVE farming practices to foster ecological balance in the vineyard and, ultimately, grapes. Grown by Pattie and Mark Bjornson
Dion Vineyard – Chehalem Mountains Syrah
Dion Vineyard was started in 1973 with Ron and Joanne Johnson. With the help of their family they planted their first Pinot Noir vines and launched into their own Oregon wine adventure. With a small percentage of the vineyard devoted to cool climate Syrah the Johnson family has expanded to 60 acres in total and is looking forward to having the fourth generation at the helm down the road.
Lia’s Vineyard – Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
Lia’s Vineyard, situated in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in the Willamette Valley, is a portion of the original, well-regarded Jacob-Hart Vineyard. The elevation ranges from 380 to 560 feet and the aspect is primarily due south. The soils are mostly jory, a dark reddish-brown silty clay loam. Grown by Todd Hansen
Lichtenwalter Family Vineyard – Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
The Lichtenwalter Family Vineyard consists of 15 plantable acres located on gentle, southwesterly facing slopes with elevations between 350 and 500 feet. Initially farmed utilizing LIVE farming guidelines with intentions of moving towards biodynamic practices, the vineyard is host to three well-drained, moderately deep soil series: the Willakenzie, the Bellpine, and the Dupee.
Oasis Vineyard – Horse Heaven Hills Syrah
Oasis Vineyard’s farming philosophy is one of managed minimalism; while Oasis is committed to doing everything that needs to be done, they remain wary of over-managing. In other words, they let the plants do what they are designed to do, or, as Oasis explains it, “We are here to shepherd that process rather than determine it.” Oasis planted the vineyard, including their first block of Syrah, in 1999. Helioterra’s release is sourced from this – the oldest – block of Syrah on the farm. With that age, the block has settled well into maturity.
Heart of the Hill Vineyard – Red Mountain Mourvedre
Planted and run by the Williams family – an early proponent and developer of the Red Mountain AVA – and situated halfway up the mountain’s slope, this vineyard’s fantastic exposure and distinct soil characteristics make for some of the best Mourvedre grapes around. This vineyard is currently managed by Scott Williams.
High Pass Vineyard – Willmette Valley Huxelrebe
Founded in 1984 by Deiter Boehm this vineyard is in Junction City, Oregon and hunkered down in the southern end of the Willamette Valley. The High Pass Vineyard turns out exceptional fruit year after year. Known for being sustainable before it was “cool” they place great emphasis on farming with respect for the earth. All vines are grafted on phylloxera resistant root stock to combat damage to the vines.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards – Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc & Riesling
Yamhill Valley Vineyards is located on a 150-acre estate in the rolling foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains. The vineyard is primarily sedimentary clays with basalt intrusions, with a complex array of Yamhill, Carlton, Chehalem, Panther Creek, and Willakenzie soil types. Anne has worked with this fruit in the past, and is excited to have it in the Helioterra portfolio!
Stavig Vineyard – Happy Valley Melon de Bourgogne
Perched at the top of Happy Valley, Stavig Vineyard produces beautiful Melon grapes. The cuttings for the vineyard’s 3,000 17-year-old Melon vines came from the old John Stewart vineyard (now DePonte) not long after it was determined that the vines were in fact Melon rather than Pinot Blanc. The Stavig crew — big fans of the wines Panther Creek made from those grapes — then grafted the cuttings on 5C, and the vines now thrive in silty clay loam.
Kathken Vineyard – Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir Rosé
This quiet, secluded 51-acre vineyard sits at 700’ to 900’ and enjoys a southwest exposure. Kathken grows 34 acres of Pinot Noir — predominantly Pommard and Wad-ensvil clones — on Geneva Double Curtain and Carbonneau “Open Lyre” trellis systems, both of which, coupled with the elevation, make for optimum production and quality. Grown by Ken and Kathy