About the Chehalem Mountains
With deep ravines, high peaks, and difficult terrain, planting and farming a vineyard in this region is not for the faint of heart. Despite the odds, pioneers and nonconformists have established vineyards in this region, driven by an intense passion and insatiable drive to produce exceptional wines.
Many of Oregon’s oldest and most celebrated vineyards are planted here amidst the steep slopes and patchwork of marine, volcanic, and windblown sediment. The diverse composition of soils, terrain, and climate have proved fundamental to our distinctive wines, contributing unparalleled complexity and enjoyment.
Established as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2006, the Chehalem Mountains is located a mere 20 miles southwest of Portland and home to more than 250 vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms. Visitors to the area also have an array of dining and lodging options.