Elk Cove acquires Goodrich Road Vineyard


Elk Cove Vineyards Purchases Goodrich Road Vineyard

Elk Cove Vineyards has purchased Goodrich Road Vineyard, a 69 acre property planted with 21 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in Yamhill, Oregon.

Located in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticultural Area), Goodrich Vineyard was planted in 2007 with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in high-density format. The property boasts the exact same marine sediment (Willakenzie) soil as Elk Cove’s Mount Richmond property, also located in Yamhill, Oregon. Goodrich Road Vineyard is situated just a few miles from Elk Cove’s original Estate Vineyard in Gaston.

According to Elk Cove’s winemaker Adam Campbell “Elk Cove always looks out for great opportunities to secure grapes from top vineyard sites in great AVA’s in the Northern Willamette Valley. The chance to procure 21 acres of immaculately farmed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in an area we knew was top notch was too much to pass up. Top reserve quality and single-vineyard Pinot Noirs have been made from this site by our friends at Raptor Ridge, Soter, King Estate and many others.”

About Goodrich Vineyard:

• In the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, home to many of Oregon’s best vineyards.
• High density planting of 4 acres Chardonnay, 17 acres Pinot Noir of high-end premium clones and rootstock.
• Shallow Willakenzie soil with excellent drainage.
• Sustainably farmed and LIVE certified (Low Input Viticulture & Enology)
• SE facing with elevation of 225 – 300 feet
• 20 plantable acres remaining

Elk Cove is a historic Willamette Valley winery owned by the Campbell family. Second generation Winemaker, Adam Campbell, sustainably farms over 300 acres of primarily Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes on 6 separate sites in the Northern Willamette Valley of Oregon: the Elk Cove Estate, Windhill Vineyard, Five Mountain Vineyard, Mount Richmond Vineyard, Clay Court Vineyard and the newly acquired Goodrich Road Vineyard. This year marks Elk Cove’s 40th year growing grapevines in Oregon.

Zepponi & Company, the global wine industry mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, served as the exclusive financial advisor to the seller and negotiated the sale.

For more information please contact Adam Campbell at adam@elkcove.com.  For a PDF of this press release click here.

Goodrich Road Vineyard in late Spring, photos by Russ Widstrand
Goodrich Road Vineyard in late Spring, photos by Russ Widstrand

Year’s Best Pinot Noir

Two of our Pinot Noirs have been chosen as a “Year’s Best Pinot Noir” by Wine and Spirits Magazine – our 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (91 Points and Best Buy) and our 2011 Mount Richmond (91 Points). From the editors:

“Our blind panels tasted 971 new-release pinot noirs from the US over the past 12 months.  Our critics rated 122 as exceptional (90+) and 30 as Best Buys.”

To learn more about how Wine and Spirits Magazine evaluates wines, visit here.

Bottling our 100% Pinot Noir Rosé

The daffodils may be coming up, but for us bottling Rosé is the true sign that Spring is coming to the Willamette Valley. This is the first wine of the new vintage we release every year. When Summer hits, we’ll be toasting to the return of sunshine with glasses of pink wine.

We bottle our 100% Pinot Noir Rosé in clear glass because we want everyone to see its beautiful, pale rose color. After all, part of the joy of drinking a pink wine has always been admiring its color! Just like with all of our white wines, we add inert gas (CO2 or Nitrogen) at multiple points to prevent oxidation. To finish, we use a screwcap, the best closure for protecting the fresh aromatics of cool-climate white wines.

Inert gas is added to the head-space and the screwcap after filling.

Like all of our wines, our Rosé is put into bottle in-house, with multiple checks for quality control. Every half hour we ensure caps are tight enough to protect the wine, but loose enough to open by hand:

Adam and José checking screwcap closures
Winemaker Adam Campbell and cellarmaster José Sotto check screwcap torque.

We hope you enjoy our Rosé – it’s one of our favorite wines to make and to pour.  Happy almost Spring!

Capitol Ag Press interviews Pat Campbell

Elk Cove Founder Pat Campbell was interviewed by Capitol Ag Press, the magazine that covers all things farm here in the West, as Thanksgiving weekend 2013 approached.  Pat talks Elk Cove history and talks up our 2012 Pinot Gris, recently selected as the top white wine at the Great Northwest Invitational.  Some highlights from the article:

“The very first day we planted 5,000 grapes,” Pat said. With the help of family and friends, they planted a total of 10 acres.
Early years were filled with long days, hard work and plenty of trial and error. They tried to learn everything they could about grapes and wine, visiting other wineries, taking courses through the University of California-Davis, turning to Oregon State University for help and reading everything they could get their hands on about winemaking.

Read more at capitolagpress.com


New Fermentation Halls!

The expansion of Elk Cove’s cellar is finally finished!  Our new fermentation halls, nicknamed Big Red and Little Red, have more than doubled our production space.  They were a huge help during Harvest 2013.


Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays! We are closed on November 28th, December 24th and 25th, as well as January 1st. We are open all other days this winter.

Here’s wishing you a safe holiday season and a very happy New Year.

Pinot in the City


Willamette Valley Wineries brought Pinot in the City to L.A!  A great event with over 60 Oregon Winemakers and Winery Owners pouring their best!  Rumor has it next year’s event will be in Washington D.C. – we hope you can join us!

Fall Roosevelt Club Dinner

We invite members of our Roosevelt Club to attend one dinner each year, free of charge. Dinners are put on by the staff of Elk Cove and our culinary friends. Call us at 877-ELK-COVE if you are a member and you would like to attend an upcoming dinner.

Members may bring one guest (couples who are members count as one member/one guest).

Oregon Pinot Camp



We had another successful Oregon Pinot Camp at the end of June!  Pinot Camp is a truly fun event put on by Elk Cove and 49 other Oregon wineries – OPC brings wine industry folks to Oregon to see what a great, collaborative community we have, and to learn more about our wonderful wines so they can spread the word back home.