A Day in the Willamette Valley Part II: J Wrigley

Part I is here.

After enjoying the views and the wines at Youngberg Hill, our next stop was J Wrigley. Owned by John and Jody Wrigley, the winery is located on 200 acres outside of Sheridan, OR. While a majority of that 200 acres isn’t currently suitable for vineyard land, it is certainly in the long-range plan. I, for one, can’t wait to see the future developments at J Wrigley.

J Wrigley has a feature that no other winery that I know of has. No, it’s not a unique breed of winery dog, nor is it a unique view. No. It is something even more amazing. They have a quarry. Yes, a quarry.

The quarry at J Wrigley
The quarry at J Wrigley

The quarry at J Wrigley gives you a great perspective on the layers of soil that are underneath the vineyards not only at J Wrigley, but throughout the Willamette Valley. These layers of soil give John, a scientist, the opportunity to have continual experiments which allows him to make quality improvements. He also uses a minimalist approach, so you’re getting the true nature of the wines.

What about the wines? They are amazing. My favorites are the Rosé of Pinot Noir and the Proposal Block Pinot Noir.

The Rosé of Pinot Noir is light, crisp and refreshing. With hints of strawberries, peaches and cherries, this is great value at only $20!

The Proposal Block Pinot Noir is earthy and complex. It’s well worth the time to seek out. And the story behind the Proposal Block is sweet. If you’re a hopeless romantic, you’ll love the fact that this is named after the spot where John proposed to Jody.

If you’re in the Sheridan area, take the time to go up the hill to J Wrigley. You won’t be disappointed!

Disclaimer: My tasting fee was waived in exchange for a blog post.


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