Cristom Vineyards

Oregon, United States

Established in 1992 by the Gerrie family, Cristom Vineyards is a family-owned winery dedicated to crafting exceptional wines that reflect the unique characteristics of their vineyards and the use of old-world techniques. Nestled in the east-facing volcanic hillside of the Eola-Amity Hills, Cristom is renowned for its benchmark Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

At Cristom, the focus is on sustainable farming practices with a long-term vision in mind. The vineyard employs biodynamic and organic farming methods, ensuring the preservation and health of the land for the next hundred years. The philosophy at Cristom revolves around the belief that the true essence of terroir shines through in the finest wines. To achieve this, they adhere to traditional winemaking methods, including site selection, low yields, whole-cluster fermentation, and the use of native yeasts. This meticulous approach results in balanced, dynamic wines that exhibit intensity, structure, and remarkable length.

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The distinctive Cristom logo, a symbol of pride and heritage, was created by artist Timothy Tyler. The name “Cristom” is a tribute to the Gerrie family’s two children, Christine and Tom. This sense of family and legacy permeates every aspect of the winery’s operations. With a steadfast commitment to the future, Cristom’s decisions are guided by the understanding that they are working towards something that will transcend generations. Their goal is to establish an enduring brand centered around a piece of winegrowing land that will sustain for centuries to come.

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Situated within the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, an independent volcanic island chain in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Cristom benefits from dynamic and varied soils as well as the influence of powerful winds. These factors contribute to the unique character of their wines, characterized by a foundation of bright acid structure. The estate encompasses 240 acres, of which 90 acres are dedicated to vineyards. Rising from 200 feet to over 790 feet, the east-facing estate includes five vineyards named after family members: Eileen, Jessie, Louise, Marjorie, and Paul Gerrie Vineyard. Each vineyard is meticulously farmed to maximize the potential of the vintage and showcase the natural variations in soil, elevation, and exposition in every glass of Cristom wine.

They have also undertaken an expansion of their Chardonnay program to unlock the complete potential of cool climate Oregon Chardonnay from the Eola-Amity Hills. Their efforts include expanding plantings on the estate and forming partnerships with renowned vineyard sites in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. This allows them to create a Chardonnay cuvée that showcases the region’s distinct characteristics, as well as craft single vineyard expressions such as Louise Vineyard from the Cristom estate, and renowned vineyards like Seven Springs and Royer that serve as benchmarks in the industry.

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While Cristom is renowned for its single-vineyard bottlings of Pinot Noir, such as Eileen, Jessie, Louise, Marjorie, and Paul Gerrie Vineyard, they also produce one signature Pinot Noir blend: the Mt. Jefferson Cuvée. In addition to Pinot Noir, the winery offers estate-grown Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah, providing a diverse and captivating wine portfolio.

Cristom Vineyards exemplifies the fusion of tradition, craftsmanship, and a deep respect for the land. With a dedication to quality that spans generations, they continue to create wines that capture the essence of their vineyards and showcase the unique character of the Eola-Amity Hills. Whether it’s their sought-after Pinot Noir or other varietals, Cristom wines embody the passion, expertise, and timeless values that have shaped their remarkable journey.

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Cristom Vineyards' Wines

  • "Mt. Jefferson Cuvee" Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

  • "Jessie Vineyard" Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

  • "Eileen Vineyard" Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

  • Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

  • "Marjorie Vineyard" Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir

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