Our Vineyards

5 Estate Organic Vineyards

“My intentions are to produce the best wine I can make, given the land. Create growing conditions that produce wine grapes that will not do damage to the earth. Create wines that taste uniquely of the place where they’re produced.” – Eric Lemelson

In the great tradition of Burgundy, Lemelson Vineyards owns and manages multiple sites in the Northern Willamette Valley. We are not suggesting that our wines “are” Burgundian – they are pure examples of Oregon terroir. Our vineyards span three AVA’s, with numerous soil types, exposures, and elevations. All this, so that our wines express an incredibly diverse palate of flavors, textures, and aromas to create Pinot noir that sings to us, on the nose, in the mouth, and in our memories.

View Our Certified Organic Vineyards

In 2004, Lemelson became one of the first vineyards in Oregon to achieve Organic Certification from Oregon Tilth. As we approach 20 years certified Oregon Tilth, we’re proud to be part of their community and know all the creatures, above and below ground, are happy for it. 

Lemelson Vineyards has farmed its vineyards organically from the beginning. Knowing that great wines ultimately come from healthy vineyards, Eric Lemelson sensed that wine grapes would develop their maximum 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, 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.


Organically Farmed Estate Vineyards in the Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton and Chehalem Mountains AVAs

Select a vineyard for detailed information

Stermer Vineyard

Yamhill-Carlton AVA

Meyer Vineyard

Dundee Hills AVA
Aerial view of the Lemelson vineyards

Chestnut Hill Vineyard

Chehalem mountains AVA
Johnson Vineyard Yamhill Carlton Lemelson

Johnson Vineyard

Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Rocky Noel Vineyard

Rocky Noel Vineyard

Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Aerial view of Briscoe Vineyard

Briscoe Vineyard

Yamhill-Carlton AVA*

Our Commitment to 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.

“If you’re an oil painter and you’re painting for a career, you’re painting as an artist. Would you prefer to have 5 colors on your palette or 50 colors on your palette?”

Eric Lemelson
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