Illahe Vineyard was purchased in 1999 and first planted in 2001 with 22 acres of pinot noir. Today it is a 52-acre vineyard with seven varieties and 44 acres of pinot noir. When it is completely planted, we will have 60 acres under vine. Illahe Vineyards also uses estate fruit from the Glenn Creek Vineyard in West Salem.
At Illahe, the goal is to make wine as naturally as possible from the soil to the bottle. This requires working by hand on small lots with age-old techniques and materials.
Our focus is to make and grow quality pinot noir and white wines that express the vintage and their varietal characteristics. We don’t use enzymes or additives, and we don’t fine or filter our pinot noir. Some of our lots are made entirely by hand with no electricity or mechanization. We use a gentle wooden basket press, and age our pinot noir in French and Oregon oak.
Click here for the tech Sheet on the ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir
Click here for the tech Sheet on the ‘Bon Sauvage’ Pinot Noir
Click here for the tech Sheet on the ‘1899’ Pinot Noir