Toluca Lane

About

Toluca Lane is a family owned boutique grape growing and wine operation in Yamhill County that produces wine. Our philosophy is to make intense, handcrafted in a Burgundian-fashion wines.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Amity, Oregon

Features

  • Our philosophy is to make intense, handcrafted Pinot Noir using minimal intervention in our winemaking process in an effort to let the character of the vineyard express itself.

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History

Toluca Lane is a family owned boutique grape growing and wine operation in Yamhill County that produces about 300 cases of wine. Our philosophy is to make intense, handcrafted Pinot Noir in a Burgundian-fashion. In order to achieve this intensity, we drop over half of our fruit to 8 clusters or less per vine. This yields an average of less than 2 tons per acre thus concentrating the remaining fruit.

We purchased our 5-acre parcel in 1997. At that time it was solid pine trees with plenty of blackberry bushes growing up and through the trees. We cleared the land and slowly established 2 small vineyards of Pinot Noir.

Our dream 20 years ago was to make a quality, sophisticated Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is affectionately referred to as “the heartbreak grape”. We have come to understand how it has earned this reputation. It is a fussy little grape with thin skins and wants to be treated genteelly like a porcelain doll.

We left everything for our dream -- California , the big city life, family and friends. We love it here and we love making Pinot Noir that family and friends can enjoy.

We have happily been producing and selling our Pinot Noir since the 2002 vintage.

Practices & Techniques

In order to achieve this intensity, we drop the fruit in our vineyards to 8 clusters or less per vine. This typically yields less than 2 tons per acre.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our 2.4 acre Toluca Lane Vineyards are tightly spaced, 5.5 feet by a meter, and house 5,556 vines. We are located at an elevation of 650 feet in the Walnut Hill area of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

Two of the predominant influences of the characteristics of the wines from this area are the shallow Nekia soils and the Van Duzer corridor. The Nekia soils primarily contain weathered volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows. These shallow, well drained soils tend to produce smaller grapes with greater concentration of flavor.

The Van Duzer corridor is a break in the coastal range that allows cool ocean winds to flow into the area dropping afternoon temperatures. These afternoon and evening breezes help provide the cool nights that keep acids firm and are essential for optimal ripening.

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Hours

By appointment only.

Address

P.O. Box 273
Amity, Oregon 97101
United States

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