Cherry Hill Winery
...a viticultural gem in Oregon's Eola-Amity Hills AVA



Cherry Hill Vineyards & Winery
7838 Crowley Road
Rickreall, Oregon  97371
503-623-7867

At Cherry Hill Winery's gated entry,
 use phone to gain access...
Call 503-623-7867

Winery Information       How to find Cherry Hill

Website:  www.cherryhillwinery.com            Email Us:  office@cherryhillwinery.com
 



Immerse yourself in a world of Oregon wine country

"As a Willamette Valley sub-appellation,
the Eola Hills... may rank as Oregon's
 most exciting and consistent wine
 region."

       
–Michael Schachner, The Wine Enthusiast          


   
 Tucked far away from the sights and sounds of the city, Cherry Hill Winery and Vineyards dominate 150 acres of Oregon's Willamette Valley within the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, arguably one of the best pinot noir-growing sub region of the Willamette Valley appellation. 

       A few meandering miles of gravel road and bucolic vistas provoke a sense of adventure as you make the last turn of your final approach to Cherry Hill's historic location.  Something closer to awe sets in as you drive into a land form that seems to tip toward you - like a tilted, shallow saucer. 

       Eighty thousand pinot noir vines grow in neat rows over 90 acres of this stunningly sloped land; the Cherry Hill vineyards all but surround the estate's lowland area where seven-acre Lake Janet and a small, abandoned cherry orchard harkens back to a bygone era, the source of the winery's chosen name.

       Cherry Hill's winery and tasting room are housed in the 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art winery building that comes into view on the far ridge of the estate vineyards.  Thousands of cases of pinot noir, dry pinot noir rosé and blanc de pinot noir are produced here each year... all from Cherry Hill's estate vineyards. 

 

In the Beginning...

Cherry Hill Winery owners, Jan & Mike Sweeney

       One of Napa Valley's early visionaries - William Hill - known for his "nose for slopes" came to the Eola Hills of Oregon in the early 1990s where he found all the right ingredients for world-class pinot noir:  the right cool climate, southwestern slopes, elevations between 250-400 feet, and rich, well-drained Jory soils.  His special facility to find hillside sites made him famous with the development of Atlas Peak, Diamond Mountain Ranch, Mount Veeder and other distinctive appellations in the Napa region.  That same "nose for slopes" led him to the undeveloped rural district of the Eola Hills .

       Hill acquired a large tract of land in the Eola Hills in the early 1990s and divided it into three separate parcels.  Cherry Hill Vineyards owners Jan and Mike Sweeney purchased one of the parcels in 1998, seeing not what was, but what could be, and planted 80,000 pinot noir vines to their estate of 90 acres.  Their vision of what could be is today a reality, providing an unparalleled viticultural experience for wine country travelers and wine enthusiasts with a passion for pinot noir. 


Visiting Cherry Hill

       Just an hour’s drive from Portland in the north, or a short (15-minute) westward drive from Salem, Cherry Hill Winery lies in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA in the middle of Oregon's Willamette Valley appellation.  The lay of the land and the gravel road access bring a sense of isolation to this extraordinary location.  Be sure to build in some extra time for your visit so you can stroll through the vineyard or relax on the patio for a picnic while enjoying a glass of Cherry Hill wine.  It's a great way to spend an afternoon.

The Winemaking

       Winemaker Ken Cook manages Cherry Hill's winemaking program, crafting his premium wines from grapes grown in Cherry Hill's estate vineyards.  The cool climate and rich soil combine to create pinot noir fruit of deep color, complex aromas and distinctively concentrated flavors.  A variety of soils, facings and elevations allow Ken to ‘paint’ with this varied palette to produce Cherry Hill's premium wines.

Cherry Hill Winery's winemaker Ken Cook

       Ken holds a degree in both winemaking and vineyard management and joined the team at Cherry Hill Winery in 2005, bringing with him his knowledge of cutting-edge techniques and practices.  Ken's goal at Cherry Hill is to sustainably grow ripe and balanced fruit to produce pinot noir that reflects the terroir of the Cherry Hill vineyard, using a production style based on minimal intervention.

The Vineyards

        Cherry Hill Winery lies directly on top of the 45th parallel - halfway between the equator and the North Pole, the same pinot-friendly latitude as Burgundy.  Its 90-acre vineyard is planted to Pommard and Dijon clones of pinot noir, and all pruning, thinning and leaf pulling is done by hand as is the grape harvest itself.

        The vines are planted on the south- and southwest-facing slopes of the property at elevations between 250 and 450 feet, guaranteeing maximum "degree days" for fruit ripening in this AVA.  The vines are set on phylloxera-resistant rootstock and were planted with 6’ x 8’ spacing, using a vertical trellising system.  Irrigation comes from Cherry Hill's seven-acre, spring-fed trout reservoir, Lake Janet.  Grapes are cropped to two tons per acre and harvested at 23 brix.
 


Winery Information


 

Winemaker/Vineyard Manager

Ken Cook

Proprietors:

Jan and Mike Sweeney

Average Annual Production:
7,000 Cases

Products:
Estate-grown Pinot Noir
Estate-grown Pinot Noir Dry Rosé
Estate-grown Blanc de Pinot Noir
Chocolate-covered Cherries

Vineyard Acreage:
90-acre estate vineyard

Winery Tasting Room 

May 1 - September 30

Weekends, 11 am - 5 pm
Weekdays, 11 am - 4 pm (Please call 1st)
Also Thanksgiving Weekend
Groups of 8+, call ahead - 503-623-7867

Also Open During special events:

Tasting Room & Winery Open House:
Memorial Day weekend
Labor Day weekend
Thanksgiving Weekend


Picnic area    

Wine Club 

 


Featured Wines from Cherry Hill
Call for help in finding Cherry Hill wines in your own area
or to order wines by phone -
503-623-7867
 

2015 Blanc de Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
$16.00  [Order Now

Blanc de Noir literally means “white wine from black grapes.”  Cherry Hill Winery’s Blanc de Pinot Noir is produced by immediately pressing the juice out of whole clusters of 100% estate-grown pinot noir grapes.  The lack of skin contact time produces the brilliantly clear color of the wine.  The resulting pinot noir juice is slowly fermented in stainless steel to preserve the aromatic quality of the wine.  Together, these elements help create this elegant and refreshing dry white wine. 

Tasting Notes:  The Blanc de Noir exhibits tropical mango and banana aromatics and bursts with ripe peach and pear notes on the finish.  The appearance is bright and clean and delivers with clean crisp acidity.  This wine matches perfectly with lightly sauced pasta or fresh light seafood.

2014 Cherry Hill Estate Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
$29.00  [Order Now]
Wine Spectator - 93 pts (2013 Vintage)

The Cherry Hill Winery Estate Pinot Noir is an elegant, light delicate style of Pinot Noir.  This beautiful wine was hand picked from our Pommard Clone and aged in neutral French oak for one year.  This soft subtle Pinot Noir will only improve with age, but she is a beauty right now.

Tasting Notes:  The wine aged in neutral French oak for one year and is a light delicate wine with beautiful color and texture.  Pairs well with fish, beef, wild game and pastas. 

2013 Dijon Cuvée Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
$22.00  [Order Now]

Dijon Cuvée Estate Pinot Noir is a blend of Cherry Hill's Dijon clones 113, 115 and 777.  It is the winery's biggest and boldest Pinot Noir.  The Dijon Cuvee, which tastes of cherries and chocolate, is our macho wine. The wine delivers hints of caramel and spice which give the cuvee a deep rich layering and will only improve with age.  Our Dijon Cuvée Pinot Noir fruit comes from vines that are planted on our Nekia soil with southwest facing slopes at 300 feet elevation.  By blending barrels from the various different Dijon clones planted in our vineyard, the Dijon Cuvee receives tremendous balance and results in a complex pinot noir.  The wine was aged in French oak for eighteen months, 35% new.  Pinot noir is known as a food-friendly grape, and Willamette Valley pinot noirs rank with the best in the world.  We recommend entrees of fish, beef, wild game, and pastas.



To place an order for Cherry Hill Wines:

Order securely online

Or mail your order to:

Cherry Hill Winery
7867 Crowley Road
PO Box 66
Rickreall, OR  97371

Questions? 

Contact Cherry Hill at office@cherryhillwinery.com
or Call 503-623-7867



How to find Cherry Hill Winery

At Cherry Hill Winery's gated entry,
 use phone to gain access...
Call 503-623-7867

Map to Cherry Hill Winery - Mid Willamette Valley Wine Country


For detailed driving directions, scroll to the middle of the VISIT page.

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