Van Duzer Corridor

The wine industry is ever-changing but it’s always exciting welcoming the birth of a new wine region!

Official sub-regions are formed when it is recognized that a certain area within a region has a unique micro-climate, soil, or topography that effects the wine differently than that in the rest of the region.

As the ability to cultivate grapes successfully expands and smaller microclimates are getting the recognition they deserve through having their own region, we will see more of these sub-regions popping up, especially in the United States.

While we are unlikely to forget about Willamette Valley Pinot Noir anytime soon, keep your eye out for some different varieties coming out of there. December marked the official recognition of the Van Duzer Corridor in the Willamette Valley Region of Oregon. Van Duzer has a bit more to offer than its old brother.

This sub-region is nestled next to the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and has nearly 1000 acres of vines planted. While Pinot Noir is the most planted grape, the unique gems will be Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, and even Syrah!

This climate is a bit harsher than the rest of the Willamette Valley. Cool air and winds have influenced the grapes here to grow slightly thicker skins, giving the famous Pinot Noir and Gamay a bit more backbone with more tannin and acidity.

Look for any Van Duzer Corridor wines in the Oregon or USA section of your local wine shop, it’s bound to be interesting.