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Tom Huggins, founder and general manager of Eola Hills Wine Cellars, had a dream rooted in facts. He knew that great wines came from great vineyards, and through his former occupation as an agricultural insurance expert, he knew where that precious vineyard land could be found.
In 1982, he convinced a group of friends and a few family members to establish the winery’s first vineyard in the rolling hills outside of Salem, Oregon. In 1986, Eola Hills Wine Cellars produced its first vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine. Today, it is one of Oregon’s largest wineries and its Oregon Classic Pinot Noir consistently ranks as a best-seller in Oregon.
Eola Hills Wine Cellars farms nearly 327 acres of vineyards across 13 properties in the Eola-Amity Hills American Viticultural Region (AVA). The region’s sheltering hills, well-drained soils and mild, maritime climate combine to create an ideal terroir not only for Pinot noir, but for cool-climate white varietals including Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
The region takes its name from Aeoleus, the Greek god of the winds, and is characterized by cooling afternoon winds that travel east through the lowest point in the Coast Range, the Van Duzer Corridor. Cooler afternoons and evenings preserve the natural acid structure in the grapes, resulting in very food friendly wines and greater longevity in the bottle.