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Bieze Vineyard


Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Salem, Oregon

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Bieze Vineyard


Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Salem, Oregon

Wine Spectator's "Next Wave of Oregon Vineyards"

Our History

The Wacken family owned this property for 50 years, and the Biezes have owned it for 35 years.  The mail box still says Wacken on one side. We are slow to change things. The farm house and barn were built around 1905 and are still standing straight and true, unchanged except for some fresh coats of paint. A 1941 International pickup that came with the property rested under a fir tree in a field here, well worn and rusted, and has since been restored. This was once part fir trees and part prune orchard, plus an area of scattered walnut and holly trees. It is now a striking vineyard planted on sloping hillsides.

We developed the land, worked the soil, and moved tons and tons of boulders. This is a vineyard we planted on ground we have owned for a long time. It is a vineyard a mile and a half up a gravel road, where you can see mountains in the distance — a vineyard in which the Bieze family takes great pride.

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Our Site


Our Site


Forty Acre Site | Twenty-Five Acres of Grapes | Ecological Zones | Ten Acres of Pasture | Spring-Fed Pond

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"Fruit grown at Bieze communicates an expression of the site."

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Our Soil

Ritner and Nekia soils formed from layers of volcanic basalt are our soil foundation.

Volcanic formations laid down these soils, each of which varies some in their composition. The Nekia soil, a silty clay loam in nature, is found in our more steeply sloped ares. The Ritner soils are more gravelly silty clay loam in nature and found on the gentler sloped areas. In these naturally well-drained yet shallow soils, the grape vines send roots deep and the minerality of the site is expressed in the fruit and wines.

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Our Climate

The growing season is long, and frequent rains means moisture is abundant most of the year. The primary weather influence is the Pacific Ocean from which air masses move West to East, greatly moderating extremes of hot and cold temperatures. Although the climate is generally moderate, we do have hot days. In 2015 we had a record twenty-five 90º or higher days in the Willamette Valley.

These occasional hot days along with mostly moderate temperatures and cool evenings are perfect growing conditions for cool varietal grapes like Pinot Noir.

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Our Winds

Bieze Vineyard benefits from the cool breezes that flow nightly from the West across our site. These breezes come through the Van Duzer Corridor, a break in the Oregon Coast Mountain Range. The breezes are responsible for the cool evenings which follow the bright afternoons.

Sunny days with cool evening breezes are perfect conditions for developing the full expression of flavors and complexity we desire in our fruit.