Our Vineyards

The organic approach

Spring at Briscoe pinot noir Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

History: Ervin Briscoe grew hay and raised cattle and horses starting in the early 1960s on this plateau farm with a spectacular view overlooking Carlton and the Yamhill Valley.
Acres: 139 (18.2 planted in wine grapes)
Varieties:Pinot noir
Years Planted: 2001-2002
Soil Type: Willakenzie and Peavine
Clones:Pinot noir : Pommard , Wadenswil, 667, 777, 113, 114, 115
Elevation: 480-550 ft.
Aspect: NE to SW
AVA: Yamhill-Carlton

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History: The Wise family homesteaded the land during the Great Depression, grew raspberries, hazelnuts, and plums, and harvested timber.

Acres: 100 (22 planted in wine grapes)

Varieties: Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay

Year Planted:1995 & 1999

Soil Type: Jory and Nekia

Clones: Pinot noir: Pommard, 777, 114, 115, 828,
Chardonnay: CH95, CH76
Pinot gris: PG146, PG152

Elevation: 800-970 ft.

Aspect: SE to South

AVA: Chehalem Mountain


Bob & Evelyn Johnson purchased the land in 1939 and produced grass and clover seed, wheat, cattle, timber and several other crops.

Acres: 200 (27.7 planted in wine grapes)

Varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot noir

Year Planted: 2000 & 2008

Soil Type: Willakenzie silty clay loam, various depths

Clones: Pinot noir: Pommard, Wadenswil, 667, 777,113, 114, 115,
Chardonnay: CH76

Elevation: 260-450 ft.

Aspect: South

AVA: Yamhill-Carlton


History: The Meyer family grew prunes, hazelnuts and other cover crops since the early twentieth century.

Acres: 72 (29.28 planted in wine grape)

Varieties: Pinot noir, Riesling

Year Planted: 2001 and 2007

Soil Type: Jory and Nekia

Clones: Pinot noir: Pommard, Wadenswil, 114, 115, 777, 667, 828

Elevation: 550-800 ft.

Aspect: South

AVA: Dundee Hills


History: Located right next door to our Johnson Vineyard. Rocky Noel was purchased from the Noel family and contains some of the rockiest sandstone soils we’ve seen in the area.

Acres: 60 (14.87 acres planted in wine grapes)

Varieties: Pinot noir

Year Planted: 2008

Soil Type: Willakenzie silty clay loam

Clones: Pinot noir: Pommard, Wadenswil, 777, 828, 115,.

Aspect: S to SW

AVA: Yamhill-Carlton


History: George and Barbara Stermer purchased the land in the early 1950s, when it was a “stump farm”. They grew wheat, pears and plums on the farm’s hillsides, and also raised cattle on the pasture lands down on the flat lands.

Acres: 103 (30.5 planted in wine grape)

Varieties: Pinot noir

Year Planted: 1997-1998

Soil Type: Willakenzie

Clones: Wadenswil, Pommard, 777, 115, 667

Elevation: 250-440 ft.

Aspect: NE to SW

AVA: Yamhill-Carlton


History: Wascher Vineyard was named for the Wascher family who raised cattle and grew hay on the property they homesteaded in 1906.

Acres: 84 (12.48 planted in wine grape)

Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Pinot gris

Year Planted: 1990, 1994

Soil Type: Willakenzie, Hazelair and Carlton

Clones: Pinot noir: Pommard, Wadenswil, 115
Pinot gris: 146
Chardonnay: CH76.

Elevation: 220-360 ft.

Aspect: NE to SW

AVA: Red Hills of Dundee

The Organic Approach

Eric Lemelson entered the wine business with a set of core values from his environmental background and longstanding commitment to Oregon. These values help guide his decision making at all stages of viticulture and winemaking.

Lemelson Vineyards has farmed its vineyards organically from the beginning, in part because of Eric’s belief in organic farming. Knowing that great wines ultimately come from healthy vineyards, he sensed that winegrapes would develop their full flavor potential from vineyards managed without synthetic chemical inputs and with the use of techniques and practices that support living, healthy soils. In this view, synthetic chemicals are short-term solutions that may make farming less-expensive and labor intensive in the short term, while often damaging the complex biological relationships that support healthy vines over the long run. In addition, synthetic chemicals can obscure the unique attributes of each vineyard site (called terroir by the French). Ultimately, we hope you agree that the extra effort of organic farming and gentle, handcrafted winemaking techniques pays off “where it counts,” in the bottle.

Our Commitment to Our Community

We believe that what’s good for our vineyards and our wine is also good for our community, both the immediate and the larger community. We employ composting, cover cropping, and other time-tested agricultural techniques that support a living, healthy soil and prevent damage to the ecosystems that surround our vineyards. We take extra care to prevent soil erosion, limit our water use to protect the aquifers we share with neighbors, and respect wildlife habitat. And we are proud of the fact that we offer our vineyard workers good wages, health insurance coverage and a safe work environment.

Our intention is to allow you to experience the pure, expressive flavors of our Pinot noir and other wines, unclouded by homogenizing influences, while we work to protect the beautiful gift we’ve inherited that is a small bit of Oregon.