Bishop Creek Cellars
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Bishop Creek Farms is about 80 acres total. However, only 12 acres are planted to grapes, while the rest function as pasture and wildlife habitat. Within these 12 acres, there are 7 distinctive microsites, each with their own soil and aspect. 14 separate planting blocks have been tailored to take advantage of each microsite. Bishop Creek is in the Yamhill-Carlton District American Viticultural Area and wines from this area feature dark color and concentrated color tones. Bishop Creek is on the Willakenzie soil series and formed in the Eocene era, these soils are derived from marine sediments and ocean floor volcanic basalt. The sedimentary soils of the Yamhill-Carlton District viticultural area are millions of years older than the soils in the surrounding areas. We grow 3 varieties of grapes at Bishop Creek, Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and a small amount of Pinot blanc. From the standpoint of its layout, the Bishop Creek vineyard is a little quirky. But the fruit it grows is something really special. Bishop Creek has its own unique signature – it’s dark in color and has healthy tannins, but it’s never “monolithic.” The best wines from the vineyard have layers of flavor, with darker fruit tones and spice elements often complementing each other. Urban Wineworks, our tasting room in NW Portland, also offers fun classes, including blending classes.