Located in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, Olenik Vineyard faces due south on a camel-back slope at 320 to 480 feet above sea level.
The vineyard has both volcanic and sedimentary soils, a distinct and unique advantage in the Northern Willamette Valley. The eastern half of the site is blanketed with fractured basalt rocks ranging in size from baseballs to microwaves. One winemaker christened one of her Olenik Pinot Noirs, “Anklebreaker Block” because of the extensive rock covering that block of Pommard fruit. Olenik Vineyard originally planted in 1989 by Rex Hill to the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir and in 1991 to Wadensvil, aka the “Swiss” clone of Pinot Noir, are the oldest vines producing small crops of outstanding fruit coveted by our winemaker clients. With the first of the Olenik plantings, a variety of Dijon clones of Pinot Noir were carefully chosen and grafted onto disease resistant rootstocks that thrive in the vineyards varied soil types. This clone selection process will pave the way for flavorful, aromatic wines showcasing the entire vineyard. Olenik Vineyard now incorporates these clones of Pinot Noir: Dijon 114, 115 & 777, Pommard, Wadensvil, and a new addition, the Coury clone while Pinot Gris and Wente Chardonnay round out the lineup.
The Olenik Vineyard is maintained with the expertise of veteran vineyard manager Javier Marin. Marin employs a small, dedicated crew to farm with minimal intervention allowing vineyard nuances to shine through in the harvested fruit. Marin’s proactive approach to management, combined with 29 years of working premier vineyard in the Willamette Valley, has proven 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, Archery Summit, Elk Cove Vineyards, ArborBrook Vineyards, J. Christopher Wines, Archer Vineyards, Aubichon Cellars and winemaker, Isabelle Dutarte, sourcing Olenik Pinot Noir Dijon 777 for her 1789 Label.