Van Duzer Corridor
Johan Vineyard is an 85-acre, Demeter-certified biodynamic site in the Willamette Valley, south of McMinnville and west of Salem. This site is almost always our last Pinot pick of harvest. Although it's a relatively low-elevation site, due to its proximity to the coast and the winds that howl through the Van Duzer Corridor every summer afternoon, the fruit here tends to ripen later than in our other vineyards. The soils are primarily marine sediment with grantic glacial erratics, and the finished wines certainly are influenced by this composition in their structure and tension.
Dag Sundby is a heavy adherent to the principles of biodynamic farming. He and his team use a range of homeopathic methods to ensure the holistic health of the site. A 30-acre biodiversity preserve adjacent to the vineyard includes a virgin live oak savannah and an active riparian zone. One certainly gets a sense of the pulse of Nature when standing in this vineyard.