Cascade Ranch

The Cascade Ranch is the largest of Kraemer Farms' three ranches in terms of total acreage. Hugging the outer flanks of the Cascade Mountain foothills, the main block of the Cascade Ranch contains Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The two annex vineyards, Bill's and Oster's, are both planted in Pinot Gris. Their location on the extreme east side of the Willamette Valley and proximity to the Butte and Abiqua Creeks create unique microclimates and soil combinations. 

This video depicts the Cyril-Chuck Vineyard, primarily, with the Hotel Vineyard in the distance and in the immediate foreground at the end of the video. 

Cascade Vineyards

The largest single contiguous set of vineyards owned by Kraemer Farms, the Cascade Vineyards benefit from the best of two worlds: the unique qualities of upland soils and the richness of Willamette Valley soils. Due to their proximity to the foothills, the Cascade Vineyards are in a transitional zone, generating varied and interesting vintages of some note. The Cascade Vineyards were first established with a series of ambitious plantings; the Olsen, Drake, Cyril and Hotel Vineyards were all planted in 2006. The Trapp Vineyard was planted in 2011. In addition, Kraemer Farms planted the Slyvan Vineyard in 2017, and is preparing to plant the Marion Vineyard in 2018. 

There are diverse soil types throughout the Cascade Vineyards, but the soils are, broadly-speaking, silt-loam types. Nekia predominates along the eastern margins of the vineyard complex, while Amity makes up the majority of the central-northern portions of the complex, and Holocomb in the central-southern portions. Furthermore, most of these vineyards were planted on land which was tiled previously, as a part of previous farming operations, which ensures the soils are all well-drained if they are not already naturally. The Cascade Vineyards feature significant sloping towards the eastern portion of the complex, coinciding with the Nekia soils, while the rest of the complex features gently rolling terrain throughout. 

  • Cyril-Chuck Vineyard
    • Variety: Pinot Noir
    • Elevation: 300-370 ft. 
  • Drake Vineyard
    • Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
    • Elevation: 305-351 ft.
  • Hotel Vineyard
    • Variety: Pinot Gris
    • Elevation: 303-324 ft.
  • Marion Vineyard (to be planted in 2018) 
    • Variety: Pinot Noir
    • Elevation: 289-301 ft. 
  • Slyvan Vineyard
    • Varieties: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
    • Elevation: 296-310
  • Olsen Vineyard
    • Variety: Pinot Gris
    • Elevation: 322-348 ft. 
  • Trapp Vineyard
    • Variety: Chardonnay 
    • Elevation: 327-348 ft. 
 An elevation map of Bill's; the vineyard is outlined in black.

An elevation map of Bill's; the vineyard is outlined in black.

Bill's Vineyard

Bill's Vineyard was established in 1995 on 22 acres of superb Nekia soils with pronounced sloping. Bill's soils are well-drained, rocky and generally ideal for premium wine grape production. Due to a significant phylloxera infection, Bill's no longer produces a significant crop. However, given the quality of the soil and the uniqueness of the site, Kraemer Farms is in the process of replanting and rehabilitating Bill's, with the ultimate objective being to produce high-quality Pinot Noir on this site. 

  • Soil: Nekia
  • Elevation: 548-606 feet

Five Acre Vineyard

Usually referred to simply as "the Five Acres," this small vineyard is roughly equidistant from the Home Ranch and the Cascade Ranch, but it has more in common with the microclimates and soils of the latter than the former. Planted in 2001, the Five Acres is planted in Pinot Noir, and primarily features Amity soils, with a small amount of Dayton soils in the southernmost portion. The slight southeastern slope of the Five Acre Vineyard ensures the soils are well-drained.

  • Soil: Amity, Dayton
  • Elevation: 237-249 ft. 
 An elevation of map of the Oster Vineyard, in black.  On the margins are three streams: the branches of Muddy Creek on the east and west, and an unnamed stream on the north. These three streams together ensure that Oster's is well-drained. 

An elevation of map of the Oster Vineyard, in black.  On the margins are three streams: the branches of Muddy Creek on the east and west, and an unnamed stream on the north. These three streams together ensure that Oster's is well-drained. 

Oster Vineyard

The Oster Vineyard is a large vineyard established in 2007, entirely planted in Pinot Gris. Woodburn soils predominate, along with a small intrusion of Aloha soils on the southernmost part of the vineyard and small percentages of Dayton and Huberly soils. The Oster Vineyard is planted on an elevated spot between two forks of Muddy Creek, creating a pair of gentle slopes up to a blunt and wide ridge. The soils found in the Oster Vineyard are, consequently, quite well-drained. 

  • Soil: Woodburn, Dayton, Huberly, Aloha
  • Elevation: 205-279 feet