Gothic produces wine from the following vineyards:
The historic 100 acre Hyland vineyard was originally planted in 1971, just five years after Pinot Noir was first planted in the Willamette Valley. Geologically and climatically similar to the Sonoma Coastal region of California, this area benefits from the influence of cool maritime air that accesses the Willamette Valley through the Van Duzer corridor, a gap in the otherwise uninterrupted coastal mountain range. Situated in the heart of the McMinnville AVA, the vineyard has prized southeast exposure and commanding views, with elevations of 600-800 ft above sea level. Soils are primarily red volcanic Jory with basalt base rock.
Willakia vineyard is located towards the northern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA at an elevation of 400-750 feet. During the growing season, ocean breezes push through the Van Duzer Corridor in the Coastal Range, maintaining a consistently cool climate that is the hallmark of all great Pinot Noir winegrowing regions. This climate, combined with the shallow, well-drained volcanic soils, which dominate this area, are the primary reasons the Eola-Amity Hills AVA is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting winegrowing regions for Pinot Noir.
Monkís Gate vineyard is a small, privately owned vineyard located in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley. It was planted in 2000 and is a stone’s throw from other well known sites such as Tony Soter’s estate ‘Mineral Springs’ vineyard, and Ken Wright’s ‘Abbot’s Claim.’ The 19 acre vineyard site ranges in elevation from 260 to 440 feet on predominantly south to southwest slopes. The soil type is Willakenzie, a silty clay loam over siltstone. The vineyard is not irrigated and is farmed sustainably.
Originally planted in 1980, the Hirsch family has meticulously worked and reworked this prized vineyard to produce amongst the most sought after Pinot Noir fruit in the new world. Deep rooted understanding of blocks within the vineyard, and specific programs tailored to each turn and bend in the land continue to push the envelope on quality year after year.