Fairsing Vineyard is a sustainable Pinot noir grower in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton American Viticulture Area (AVA). There are 38 acres of Pinot noir and 2 acres of Chardonnay currently planted. Owners and operators are Mary Ann and Mike McNally.
The vineyard is nestled inside an 80-acre Certified Family Forest, distinguished by biodiversity, varied topography and panoramic views of the Northern Willamette Valley. Owners are committed to farming sustainably – the vineyard is Live and Salmon Safe certified, and 80 acres of forest land is dedicated to a Certified Family Forest. No herbicides or pesticides are utilized on the property.
The vineyard has a diverse ecosystem and the site is a micro-watershed with numerous streams supplying the Chehalem Creek. Green reserves adjacent to vineyard blocks are maintained to enhance biodiversity.
Pinot noir loves this site because of the confluence of soils, site aspects and location. The foundation of the vineyard is coarse-grained, silty-loam soils that developed from ancient marine sediments. Predominant soils are the Windy Gap and Bellpine series; with Goodin and Dupee series also prevalent. These soils add minerality, and their efficient water drainage facilitates early ripening, which allows Pinot noir to develop deep ruby colors and broad silky tannins.
The site’s macroclimate is cool, but more than adequate for full ripening. This cool climate facilitates the hang time Pinot noir needs to fully express its flavors. The vineyard’s elevation ranges from 500 to 750 feet above sea level. There is a splendid range of microclimates across the vineyard. This diversity adds subtle complexities to the fruit and the resulting wines.
The vineyard’s ideal south to southeast aspect combines with a varied topography to create unique maturation profiles. Some vine blocks rest on top of rolling ridges, others spread across smooth steep slopes and a few blocks are nestled in sloping bowls. On summer nights, the vineyard is cooled from various directions: northwest from the Pacific Coast Range, northeast from the Columbia Gorge, and southwest from the Van Duzer Corridor.
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar purchases fruit from Block 14 which was planted to Pommard clone in 2009 and Block 15 which was planted to Wadenswil clone in 2011. Our first Fairsing Vineyard Pinot Noir will be the 2018 vintage, scheduled for release in 2020.
Willakenzie and Peavine
South, East and West
40 (38 Pinot Noir 2 Chardonnay). Total acreage of property is 170
Pinot Noir clones:
Pommard and Wadenswil
- Live Certified
- Certified Salmon Safe