Le Pré du Col means the ‘field on the hill’ or ‘the meadow on the mountain pass’. The vineyard is owned by the Hill family and farmed by Bergström Wines. Our families have been in partnership in this terroir since this vineyard’s inception in 2006. Just past an idyllic pear orchard to the left and a rye grass field to the right, Le Prè du Col is the first vineyard that you meet as you drive up into the prestigious Ribbon Ridge AVA. Few appellations in North America evoke such sentiment and passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the Ribbon Ridge AVA. This narrow, ancient, oceanic hillside, only 6 square miles in totality, has been the home to some of Oregon’s finest bottlings of wine. It is from these ancient, 60-million-year-old sandy sea-beds that some of Bergström Wines’ most evocative Pinot Noirs are being crafted.
Le Pré du Col is broken up into a Northern field and a Southern Field, with a large stand of old growth Douglass Fir trees separating the two and surrounding the vineyard on three sides. This special terroir leaves an unmistakable calling card on its wines. The blonde, khaki and even white, sandy soils on top of shale and siltstone, give way to a strong Matsutake and savory expression of forest-influenced Pinot Noir, This vineyard is known for its aromatics of Chinese five spice, rare woods, incense, red and blue fruits, a silky texture, and age-worthy structure. The Chardonnay is an oceanic inspired, saline, brine styled wine and all citrus and flowers.
Year planted: 2006
AVA: Ribbon Ridge
Soil type: marine sediments on Shale and Siltstone
Varietals planted: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Farming style: 0% conventional, non-certified BD/regenerative-ecological since inception