Cristom Vineyards
6905 Spring Valley Road NW
Salem, OR  97304
FAX:  503-391-7057

Cristom Vineyards is located between Salem and McMinnville
in the beautiful Eola Hills of the North Willamette Valley's prime wine country.  

Depth, power and finesse...
The three-part harmony of Cristom wines

Pinot Noir and Beyond... the Cristom story        Winery's General Information

     If Cristom Vineyards' winemaking were music, harvest would be the trumpet fanfare, crush would be a symphony, and the final wines would be an ode to joy.  GracefullySteve Doerner, Cristom Vineyards winemaker conducting the music is world-acclaimed and gifted winemaker Steve Doerner whose intuitive style hallmarks his wines with harmony.

      Using natural methods - native yeast and minimal handling, Doerner combines new-world technology with old-world traditions to produce some of the Willamette Valley's finest wines... pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, viognier and syrah.  He became familiar with these techniques and traditions during 14 years of fashioning fine wines in California before he came to Cristom in the early 90s.  Today, he is known internationally as a master of the world's most challenging and most rewarding grape... pinot noir.

      "Only pinot noir can give you a silky finesse that also has depth and power," Steve claims. "You can't achieve that harmony with other grape varieties."

       It was the promise of great wines that first drew Cristom founders Paul and Eileen Gerrie to Oregon and the hills of what would be Cristom's home and Oregon's Eola-Amity Hills AVA.  Combining the names of their two children Christine and Tom, the Gerries established Cristom Vineyards, a place where the Cristom's Syrah vineyard - Eola-Amity Hills AVAsucculent pinot noir fruit could achieve full expression and hand-crafted, complex wines would be bold, yet balanced - both powerful and elegant.  Toward that end, winemaker Steve Doerner came to Cristom to lead the winemaking efforts where he also plays an integral role in vineyard management and experimentation.

       "It's all about finding ways to bring about the gradual and full ripening of the grapes," the seasoned Willamette Valley vintner notes as he describes various experimental canopy-management techniques being tested side by side in specific vineyard blocks.

         An abundance of soil types and sloping lands are the raw materials for the distinctive grapes thriving in Cristom’s estate vineyards; it is from these grapes that Doerner artfully coaxes nuanced wines of the pinot persuasion and of a global reputation.  As Doerner has pursued his passion, the Gerries have realized their vision of a world-class pinot noir winery.  Part of that vision came into focus when son Tom Gerrie enthusiastically stepped into the role of Cristom President as his parents moved on to a well-earned retirement. 

          "I believe Cristom’s greatest strength is the team that my parents have built over the past two decades. They have chosen remarkable people to help make Cristom into the winery it is today, and I am overwhelmingly grateful to be part of their team."

          Not much changes at Cristom Vineyards... the original talent in the winery and the vineyards carries on today as it did in the very beginning... and that's a very good thing.


General Information

Winemaker:   Steve Doerner
President/Co-Owner/Assistant Winemaker:
Tom Gerrie
Co-Owner: Christine Gerrie
Vineyard Manager:  Mark Feltz

Estate Vineyard Acreage
Eola-Amity Hills AVA:
  65 acres
Average Annual Production
12,500 cases per year
Products and Ordering:
Pinot noir, Syrah, Pinot gris,
Chardonnay and Viognier
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with vineyard views     

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"The Custom Club"
"The Original Club"
"The Four Ladies Club"
"The Red Only Club"

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Tasting Room Hours
Tues - Sun, 11 - 5 pm
Closed Major Holidays

Standard Tasting: $15 per person
for a seasonal flight of five wines.
Tasting features cheese from our neighbors,
Willamette Valley Cheese Company.
Fee is waived with a $30 wine purchase.
(Complimentary for Cellar Club members)

Private, Guided Tasting:  $30 per person
Taste 6 - 8 wines, including three single-vineyard
Pinot Noirs and a three-year vertical of Sommers Reserve.
Tasting includes cheese & charcuterie.
(Half price for Cellar Club members.)
To book a private, guided tasting, call 503-375-3068
or complete an online submission form

Groups are welcome with advance notice:
Please call Jeri in the tasting room to schedule visits:  503-375-3068

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Featured Cristom Wines

The Vineyards of Cristom

       Cristom cultivates eight distinct vineyards planted to Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Viognier and Syrah; currently a total of 65 acres are in production. The vineyards are dry farmed with the focus on quality fruit with low yields and high density planting.  Six of Cristom's vineyards are named for family matriarchs.  The six ladies' vineyards each have natural variances in soil and elevation, and the grapes they nurture were selected to highlight each vineyard's distinct attributes.  People often identify a favorite among Cristom's 'ladies,' recognizing that each nurtures a style and flavor all her own.  In the end, each Cristom vintage produces a distinctive expression of the entire growing year, the specific site and the imprint of the winemaker's hand.  More information here.

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2014 Estate Pinot Gris
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
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The Cristom Pinot Gris is fermented in stainless steel tanks and does not spend any time in oak barrels. It has a certain creaminess that comes from the several months that the wine spends on it lees. Typically, the wine has bright citrus-blossom aromas that range from tangerine zest to lime blossom. Apple, pear and melon are the fruit flavors that are often noted on the palate. This is a bright and lively wine that offers a broad flavor profile. It has a very natural affinity with food.

2013 Estate Chardonnay
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
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Germaine is the name of our ½ acre estate Chardonnay vineyard. It was planted in 1995 at the high density of 2300 vines per acre. It is an east facing slope that is comprised of volcanic soil, mostly of Ritner and Nikia types. Dijon clone 95 on 3309 rootstock was chosen as the plant material to insure ripening even in cooler vintages. Most of our estate Chardonnay has been grafted over to Pinot Noir so we only make about 50-75 cases that are limited to the Cristom Cellar Club and the Cristom Tasting Room.

2012 Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
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Produced since 1994, Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is regularly rated one of the most popular Pinot Noirs on restaurant wine lists across the country. Made with a blend of grapes from each of the estate vineyards, and top quality fruit traded or purchased from neighboring vineyards, the Mt. Jefferson Cuvee conveys a rich diversity of place, deserving of its reputation as one of the most expansive yet stylistically consistent Pinot Noirs in the world.

Winery Notes:  The Mt Jefferson Cuvée is the first of our six Pinot Noirs to be released each year and has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom and dramatically visible from our tasting room. Made with a blend of grapes from each of the estate vineyards, the Mt. Jefferson Cuvee conveys a rich diversity of place, deserving its reputation as one of the most expansive yet stylistically consistent Pinot Noirs in the world.

2012 Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
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Sommers Reserve is comprised of grapes from our four estate vineyards, along with some purchased fruit. It contains fruit from fourteen vineyard sites.  The Reserve designation indicates a longer aged barrel selection of our favorite lots. The final cuvee contains seven different Pinot Noir clones. Cristom introduced the “Sommers Reserve” with the 2004 vintage, replacing the Cristom Reserve designation and continuing stylistically as the same wine. ‘Sommers’ is Jessie’s (of Jessie Vineyard) maiden name.

2013 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
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Founder Paul Gerries's maternal grandmother is the namesake or the Louise Vineyard, the first of the Cristom estate vineyards to be planted. Top slopes that run up against woodland separate Louise's lower vineyards from the upper, causing them to spend late afternoon in the shade. The fruit on the lower slops, which gets more sun, is often the first of the season to be harvested. Beginning with the 1996 release, Louise has produced a wine that is more firmly structured than the wine from the other sites, full of deep and silky tannins. Louise lingers on the palate, her story slowing unfolding

2012 Estate Syrah
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
New Release
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Overview:  Cristom Vineyards' estate Syrah is produced from a small block we planted in 2002. It was the first Syrah planted in the Willamette Valley and remains among only three plantings of the varietal here. It has also developed a cult following due to its cool-climate character: peppery blue fruits, bright acidity and restrained alcohols for Syrah. It is treated as our Pinot Noirs are with a small portion of new French oak for a duration of 18 months.

Winery Notes:  From the first vintage in 2003, the hallmark of Cristom Vineyards Syrah has been a distinct black-pepper scent that transports your palate to the mid-Rhone valley. This inky purple, almost opaque, Syrah has the classic Syrah aromas of white pepper, spice, plums, leather, bacon fat and the slightest touch of tobacco leaf, along with a generous amount of dark black and blue fruits. There is also a hint of gaminess that continues from the nose onto the broad palate. In the mouth the wine is rich and generous without seeming over the top.


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Finding Cristom Vineyards

Take the Ferry to Cristom

Map to Cristom Vineyards in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley

            Link to a map of winery locations in Oregon's North Willamette Valley             

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