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Lower Long Tom

The view from Benton-Lane Winery

LOWER LONG TOM AVA

Sunrise at Benton-Lane's vineyards with overlay text: "Lower Long Tom AVA"

ABOUT

Established in November 2021, the Lower Long Tom AVA sits within the west side of the Lower Long Tom Watershed, between Corvallis and Eugene. Vineyards are located on stream-cut ridge lines running east to west, with Bellpine as the predominant soil type. These clay-loams are formed from up-lifted ancient marine sediments, primarily sandstone. With Bellpine topsoils usually shallow, grapevine roots have to penetrate the sandstone below to find water and nutrients.

To the west, the region is flanked by significantly higher elevations of the Coast Range which serve to form a weather shield. The rain shadow of the peaks to the west reduces precipitation and, combined with the prevailing winds, creates a macroclimate with less disease pressure during the growing season and consistent fruit maturity, even in more difficult vintages. While Pinot noir is the predominant grape of the region, with wines leaning toward blue and black fruits and plush tannins for graceful aging, around a dozen white grape varieties are grown as well, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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QUICK FACTS

Established: 2021
Wineries: 11
Vineyards: 24
Total Area: 25,000 acres
Planted Area: 575 acres
Most common grape varieties: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot gris, Sauvignon blanc

LINKS

Lower Long Tom AVA Final Rule from TTB