Early pioneers who settled in this neighborhood in the 1840’s were struck by the powerful, predictable marine winds that blow straight at us from the sea – funneled in through the Van Duzer Corridor, the lowest point in Oregon’s Coast Range, due west of Bethel Heights. Harking back to their classical education, those windswept pioneers named the hills for Aeolus, god of the winds in Greek mythology; hence the name Eola Hills.
“On most warm summer afternoons, the winds rise as the sun starts its descent. Cool ocean air pours into the valley. The mercury plummets 35 degrees. Wine grapes grown in the path of these winds are cooled quickly from the day’s heat, amplifying their aromatic qualities, and preserving their bright, fresh fruit flavors.”
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Because of the dominating effect of these marine winds on our climate, the Eola-Amity Hills generally experience cooler average temperatures during the growing season than other parts of the Willamette Valley, allowing our grapes to ripen on the vines long into the Fall, reaching full flavor potential without losing the bright acidity and fine-grain tannins that give great wine its structure and balance.
More: Eola-Amity AVA Website – Geology, Soils & Climate