About Us

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Currently about 11 acres in production, Carlton Hill Vineyard sits in the center of Oregon appellation Yamhill-Carlton District. The Yamhill-Carlton appellation, which is comprised of the sedimentary remains of an ancient ocean bed, is unique in that the soils are some of the oldest in the Willamette Valley region.

And, while the Appellation is still very young, the wines produced from here reveal very distinct bright, black fruit flavors. The Carlton Hill Vineyard, sitting at an elevation ranging between 420 and 480 feet, enjoys eastern exposures not unlike those in Burgundy and is comprised of Willakenzie and Peavine soils.  Six acres are planted in 115 and 777 Dijon clones, with an additional 5 acres in Wadenswil and Pommard clones. The vineyard utilizes a dense planting scheme which insures the concentration and intensity we seek in our wines.  And yes, sitting on top of Carlton Hill is a croquet court where from time to time local wine makers and friends engage in a battle for supremacy.  Thus the presence of croquet mallets on our logo.

David and Dan Polite, Carlton Hill Proprietors

 
The Vineyard

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Location & Soil

Making great wine begins with growing great grapes in a great place with great soil. Situated in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticulture Area, the 11-acre Carlton Hill Vineyard is the exclusive source of fruit for our Carlton Hill Estate and Estate Reserve Pinot Noir—and this vineyard is something special.

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Our Winemaker

Ah, how do you describe David Polite, the man behind Carlton Hill wines?

He prefers “genius,” said loudly, with gusto and a French accent.

He’s not exactly a shrinking violet.

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Our Winemaking Process
Our winemaking philosophy behind Carlton Hill wines is simple. While I’m not the first person you’ve heard say it, I truly believe great wines are made in the field.
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