Van Duzer Vineyards

Van Duzer Winemaker Olympics part 2


Pinot Noir is Van Duzer’s signature wine. A variety of Pinot Noir clonal varieties and microclimates allows Van Duzer Vineyards to produce a multi-dimensional estate Pinot Noir and a handful of limited-production Block Designates of singular personality. Pinot Gris is Oregon’s other wine of note, a white wine that Van Duzer Vineyards makes in a crisp, dry style particularly well suited to a white wine.

Location Description

Located on a scenic hilltop amidst 82 acres of vines.


  • Van Duzer Vineyards is the first in the Willamette Valley to benefit from the cool Pacific breezes that flow nightly through the Van Duzer Corridor to the interior of the valley.

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As head of Van Duzer's winemaking program, Florent-Pierre "Flo" Merlier embraces cool climate wines that are elegant, vibrant and expressive. To achieve the desired refinement, Merlier has driven the focus on small lot processes, and sorting and gentle handling.


Van Duzer Vineyards was built on a dream to find a cool weather site in Oregon for the fussy Pinot Noir grape that would rival the best wines of Burgundy in balance and finesse. In 1998, Van Duzer Vineyards owners Carl and Marilynn Thoma located a hilltop winery with existing vineyards immediately west of the Eola Hills. The estate site occupies a strategic site in the foothills of the Van Duzer Corridor, the conduit through the Coastal Mountains for maritime breezes that enter the Willamette Valley at the close of summer evenings.

The Team

A love of the land drew Carl Thoma to establish Van Duzer Vineyards on its panoramic knoll in the Willamette Valley. He came to know agriculture as a youngster on his family’s cattle ranch and became intrigued by the fledgling California wine industry during graduate school days. Thoma began building a portfolio of premier California vineyards during the 1990s and gradually settled on the Willamette Valley as the site for a family estate winery.

Practices & Techniques

The family estate winery practices sustainable farming and has been endorsed by internationally recognized LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The vineyards lie on hillside elevations of 245 to 447 feet and well drained, loamy Chehelupum soils. Ample rainfall (40" yearly) is collected in three ponds which support an irrigation system that protects our vineyard from extremely low rainfall and extremely high heat at the end of the growing season.


1 Review
Meddy Sahebi Meddy Sahebi
Dallas, Oregon
A beautiful winery to visit!

Most beautiful winery we went to with spectacular views!

February 2015

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11975 Smithfield Rd
Dallas, Oregon 97338
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