Amity Vineyards was the first vineyard planted in the Eola-Amity Hills in 1971, our own-rooted, dry-farmed grapes have dug deep into the ground, past the thin topsoil to access ancient volcanic and marine sediment soils that give these wines a unique sense of place. Amity Vineyard benefits from the Van Duzer corridor which brings cool air in from the Pacific Ocean each evening. The cooler evenings slow the ripening process allowing us to create a balanced, dry wine.
A wet cool April made for a late bloom but with warmth in the summer, veraison caught up quickly and was about on average. Similar to 2016, it was warmer than average, but temperatures stayed in the low to mid-90s with a few heat spikes. Although we experienced warm days, we also had cool nights allowing the vines to rest and retain acidity and complexity. Low rainfall during late September and into October allowed for a generous picking window giving us the ability to pick grapes when we wanted to, resulting in fruit composition with sugar levels, acidity, and pH all in balance.