Vineyard Overview

  • Years planted: 2001-2006
  • AVA: Chehalem Mountains AVA
  • Soil Type: Deep marine sedimentary sands on sandstone bedrock.
  • Elevation: 400ft.
  • Acres: 14
  • Density: 2,200-5,000 vines/acre
  • Varietals planted: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
  • Farming Style: 0% conventional, non-certified BD/regenerative-ecological since inception.

Where Sands Unveil Complexity

Silice, named for “Silica” in French, represents our sandiest vineyard nestled in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Silice’s sandy soils, dating back 60 million years, likely resembled a massive dune or beach in prehistoric times. This terroir is truly exceptional with an astonishing 70% sand content that stretches 15-20 feet down to the compressed sandstone bedrock. Perched atop Calkins Lane, it enjoys all-day sunlight and year-round winds, crafting wines of complexity, spice, and structure.

Pinot Noir: Exotic Spice and a Complex Bouquet

Silice Pinot Noir enchants with its vibrant spice and floral allure, complemented by savory hints of fresh and dried garden herbs. With abundant light and wind, this terroir consistently yields our most fruit-forward and ripe-feeling Pinot Noir. In every vintage, expect cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, pepper, nutmeg, sassafras, and cola in every sip.

Chardonnay: Textural Brilliance

Silice Chardonnay is a luminous and graceful revelation with a textural, bright, and delicate profile. Thanks to its remarkable tension and age-worthy richness, it serves annually as the foundation for the Sigrid blend.

Bergstroms at Plaze del Toro
Father and son picking pinot noir.