LOCATED….DUE SOUTH RESTING ON A CAMEL-SLOPE AT 320 TO 450 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL.
Olenik Vineyard is comprised of both volcanic and sedimentary soils, a most unique and distinct advantage in the northern tier of the Willamette Valley. The eastern half of the site is volcanic soil blanketed with fractured basalt; rocks that range in size from baseballs to microwaves. One winemaker christened one of their Olenik Pinot Noirs, “Anklebreaker Block” because of the dense, extensive sea of rock covering that block of Pommard fruit. Originally planted in 1989 to Pommard and, in 1991 to Wadensvil, aka Swiss clone of Pinot Noir; both are highly desirable clones coveted by our winemaker clients. With the first of the Olenik plantings, a variety of Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, 114, 115 and 777 in addition to newer blocks of Pommard, Wadensvil and Coury that were chosen to foster success in the vineyards varied soil types. This clone selection process paves the way for flavorful, aromatic wines showcasing the entire vineyard. Olenik Vineyard eagerly looks to the future with blocks of Wente clone and 3 Dijon clones of Chardonnay round out the fruit lineup.
Olenik Vineyard is maintained with the expertise of a veteran vineyard manager, Javier Marin. Marin employs a small, dedicated crew to farm with minimal intervention allowing our vineyard nuances to shine through in the harvested fruit. Marin’s proactive approach to management, combined with 29 years of working premier vineyards, in the Willamette Valley, continues to be an asset to the current and long range health of Olenik Vineyard. At present, Olenik fruit is contracted to Raptor Ridge Winery, Patricia Green Cellars, Elk Cove Vineyards, ArborBrook Vineyards, J. Christopher Wines, Archer Vineyards, Awe Wines in Napa and Union Wine Group.