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Varietals Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Acreage 10 acres for Bergström
100 acres total planted
Elevation 700 - 850 Feet

Temperance Hill Vineyard

Temperance Hill Vineyard sits at the very top of the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills in and around the caldera of an ancient volcano. At 850 feet, it is the highest site in elevation of all the vineyards at which Bergström Wines grows fruit. Its high elevation translates to cooler temperatures, meaning it is always the last vineyard we pick each year. In fact, it is not uncommon for us to harvest our Temperance Hill fruit in November.

Temperance Hill Vineyard is a non-certified organic site that sprawls over 100 acres of multiple exposures. Like Shea Vineyard, this property is not owned by Bergström Wines, but we have long-term agreements to control the farming and quality on roughly 10% of the entire estate with 1.5 acres of Chardonnay and 8.5 acres of Pinot Noir coming from five different clonal blocks. The Pinot Noir vines are old Pommard and Wädenswil heritage clones along with some younger plantings of Dijon clone 777. The Chardonnay vines are a split between Dijon clones 96 and 75 with a variety of rootstocks as well as some own-rooted vines.

The site’s high elevation, the fact that it is planted mostly to the pioneering Oregon Pinot Noir clones, and its regular exposure to the cool Pacific breezes of the Van Duzer Corridor mean Temperance Hill Vineyard produces pure and fresh wines with red raspberry, rhubarb, currant, blueberry and bright cherry flavors. They also possess an inherent and pleasant herbal component with aromas of tea and peppery spice. In many years, Temperance Hill wines may smell of Douglas fir or grapefruit and have a sweet, delightfully fruity candy character much like a young cru Beaujolais.

One of our most playful and unique offerings each year, our Bergström Wines Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir is perhaps one of our better cellar candidates due to its natural balance between acidity and sweetness as well as its ripe, silky, transparent tannins.