ANAM Cara Cellars
Located on a southeast-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains AVA on the outskirts of Newberg, Oregon, the Nicholas Estate Vineyardwas first planted in 2001. The elevation varies from 350ft-650ft and the vineyard rows are planted in a north-south direction, benefitting from cool, drying winds through the 99W corridor which keep mildew and frost pressure at bay.
The soils are primarily Loess (wind-blown ice age sediment) with some outcrops of volcanic Jory soils and deposits from the Missoulafloods. Of the original 27 acres, five 5-acre blocks are different clones of Pinot Noir, and there is an additional acre each of Riesling and Gewurztraminer. A further six acres were planted according to the biodynamic calendar in 2008 and saw their first harvest in 2011. The original vineyard is planted to Pommard as well as Dijon Clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 on varying rootstocks. The new vineyard is planted in 2-acre blocks to Riesling, Chardonnay and Wadensvill Pinot Noir.
Before the property was planted, it was a walnut, filbert (hazelnut) and plum orchard. Many of the old fruit trees from the original farmstead still grace the property and produce apples, cherries, quinces and pears. AnamCara is certified both L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and SalmonSafe. With the 2010 vintage, their winemaking facility joined the L.I.V.E. program allowing the wines to qualify for OCSW status.