Pinot Noir | White Salmon Vineyard, Columbia Gorge AVA

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A mature vineyard of Dijon clones 115, 114 and 777 offer a contrast and distinct alternative to California Pinot Noir. The shorter growing season, longer sunlit days, and cooler weather during maturation separate this Willamette Valley style. Close plantings, rocky volcanic soil and hand tended VSP training have earned these grapes double gold awards! Grown only a mile from the Oregon Boarder, in the cool end of the Columbia Gorge AVA these grapes show rich chewy flavors with complexity and tannins. They are much more aggressive then our Carneros Pinot Noir.


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Pinot Noir, White Salmon Vineyard - variation from CA


Pinot Noir, White Salmon Vineyard - variation from PDX



Frozen Black Grapes  Are sold as destemmed grapes. Yields are estimates and vary depending on the vintage, varietal and the winemaker’s pressing and racking style. All grapes listed under current inventory are frozen.

  • Pails contain 5 gallons of grapes, yielding approximately 2.5 – 3.5 gallons of finished wine.
  • Drums contain 425 pounds of grapes, yielding approximately 30 gallons of finished wine.
  • Delivery:
    • Pails can be shipped via FedEx, LTL or picked up at the freezer. We cannot FedEx drums.
    • FedEx Shipping – Orders from CA and OR ship at the same rate. If shipping to the Midwest or East Coast, select pails from PA for the best rate.

2019 Harvest Pre-order will launch in July. Pre-order is required on all fresh grape sales and recommended for frozen grapes to guarantee availability. For orders of a ton or more, please contact us now.

Fresh Black Grapes are sold by the pound as whole bunches with stems at harvest, (Typically September through October). Fresh Grapes cannot be shipped.

  • The minimum order for fresh grapes is 100 pounds. Special pricing is available for bulk orders over 2,000 pounds.
  • Fresh grapes are sold net, without containers and must be picked up at the processing site at harvest.
    • California grapes are processed in Petaluma, CA.
    • Oregon and Washington grapes are processed in Underwood WA, (1 hr. east of Portland, OR).
  • Destemming – Please request when you place your order. The destemming cost is 10 cents per pound. Stem weight is calculated at 6%. For example, 100 pounds of fresh grapes will yield 94 pounds of destemmed grapes.


Underwood Mountain has recently been coined the “Burgundy of the Gorge.” This is because of the climate, the soil, and the ability to grow Burgundian style wines. White Salmon Vineyard grows some of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes not only in The Gorge but in the United States. We listen to our grapes. They tell us what they need and how we can help them. We direct them like a conductor leads his orchestra. Each player knows how to play his instrument and all he needs is a good leader. Peter Brehm knows how to fine tune and direct his grapes. We have forty-plus years of grape purchasing experience and 25 years of growing and processing experience.

Pinot Noir was the lure that brought Peter to this vertical wonderland of swift rivers and Douglas fir trees. Tasting a ripe Pinot Noir berry in 1987 on Underwood Mountain convinced Peter that this area had the potential to produce outstanding Burgundy style wines. Pinot Noirs that were different than their California twins, a little leaner, a little more delicate, maybe a little more feminine – with a bit more acid and tannins.

The White Salmon Pinot Noir vines are grown on three different fields. All are cane pruned on a vertical curtain trellis. They are tightly planted, 2 meter x 1.3 meter, on deep, light volcanic soils filled with rocks. They are mature vines.

In addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we also grow Syrah, Malbec Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Our goal has always been to provide the finest expression of each varietal by matching it to our very diverse vineyard’s terroir. We follow organic growing guidelines, although we do not have any certifications.

Try The Wine

Pinot Noir Wine from White Salmon Vineyard:
– 2009 Estate Pinot Noir – available now!
– 2013 Estate Pinot Noir  – available now!
– 2016 Estate Pinot Noir – coming soon!
– A vertical fermentation of frozen 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 vintages will be bottled this winter.
To order Peter Brehm’s wine please email or call 509.493.4640.