We have both estate vineyards and have also worked diligently to build relationships with partner vineyards around the Willamette Valley. This is to be able to craft both a balanced, cool-climate Pinot Noir as a flagship as well as to highlight single vineyards from the sub-AVAs of the valley. These different growing sites, estates, and partners highlight different elevations, aspects, and soil types. While our estate vineyard has both volcanic and windblown sedimentary series soils, other sites feature different series of windblown sedimentary, ancient marine bed, as well as thin layers of Missoula flood sedimentary at some lower elevation sites.
Winemaker Matt Vuylsteke worked at esteemed wineries in Oregon and Washington before launching 51Weeks Winemaking with his wife and co-founder Nancy. Vuylsteke also serves as general manager and winemaker for Amaterra in Portland’s West Hills. 51Weeks Winemaking sources fruit predominantly from the Columbia Valley, both in Washington and Oregon. These vineyards are in dry, sun-drenched locations and the soils are various series of silt loams.