Ponzi's Aurora Vineyard

Laurelwood District

Laurelwood AVA graphic


The Laurelwood District AVA, one of Oregon's newest AVAs, was approved in June 2020. Principals from Ponzi Vineyards and Dion Vineyards championed its petition. This AVA, which is nested within the Chehalem Mountains AVA, comprises more than 25 wineries and 70 vineyards. 

The Laurelwood District’s boundary is the predominance of a unique soil series recognized as Laurelwood, found on the north- and east-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains. The Laurelwood District AVA encompasses over 33,000 acres and includes the highest elevation in the Willamette Valley, at 1,633 feet. Laurelwood soil is composed of a 15-million-year-old basalt base with a loess (windblown freshwater silt) top layer accumulated over the past 200,000 years and at depths of 4’ to 0” depending on the elevation.


Laurelwood District AVA map


Established: June 3, 2020 
Wineries: 25
Tasting Rooms: 25
Vineyards: 70
Total Area: 33,600 acres
Planted Area: 975 acres
Most common grape varieties: Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay


Oregon Wine Resource Studio (maps and additional information)