Temperance Hill Vineyard sits at the very top of the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills. This second-generation vineyard was first planted in 1981 by the Koo family in and around the caldera of an ancient volcano and has been managed by Dai Crisp since 1999. With an elevation range of 660-860 feet, Temperance Hill is a cool site, providing excellent growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Temperance Hill Vineyard is a certified organic and salmon safe site that sprawls over 100 acres of multiple exposures.
Dai Crisp, one of the pioneers of organic grape growing in the Willamette Valley, took over management of Temperance Hill in 1999 and began farming it in accordance with Oregon Tilth Organic Certification standards. The vineyard was Certified Organic in 2013 and is also Salmon Safe Certified. Dai uses mechanical cultivation rather than herbicides and usually does two jobs at once, like mowing while in-row cultivating, to increase the efficiency of fuel and tractor use. All the handwork is done by a 13-person crew, the core of which has been Dai since 1999.
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar has had a vineyard contract with Temperance Hill since 2013. Our Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir is 100% Pommard Clone from the “Babies Block.” Dai named the block “Babies” when it was planted in the early 2000s. The soil types are Jory, Rittner and Nekia.
Jory, Nekia, Rittner
South, West, East
660 – 860 ft.
Pinot Noir clones:
- Live Certified
- Salmon Safe