Vercingetorix Vineyards, Willamette Farms
Willamette Farms has been a family owned business since 1959, when Bruce Hall acquired the property from his uncle. Geographically diverse, the vineyard spans bottomland abutting the Willamette River, pastureland, ponds, forests and a higher sloped field with escarpment soils that became the site of their Pinot Noir vineyard in 2000. The site had previously been an espaliered apple orchard, hence the vineyard’s unique spacing and trellis configuration.
In 2003, the vineyard produced its first vintage under the label Vercingetorix, sometimes known as VX Vineyard, as many found Vercingetorix to be quite a mouthful. Why the crazy name? Mr. Hall originally planned to label the wine in a way which reflected the name of the farm, but that met with resistance from another business. Instead, Mr. Hall vowed to come up with a name that would be unforgettable, drawing upon his travels to the wine country of Burgundy, France for inspiration. The region was once inhabited by Gauls, engaging in significant historic battles with the Romans at the time of Caesar under their revered Gallic leader, Vercingetorix. Coincidentally, it’s believed the origins of today’s Pinot Noir can be traced back to this same region at that time.
Willamette Farms is proud to be a working family farm with another generation at the helm, and is happy to supply Pinot Noir fruit to the Great Oregon Wine Company. The farm also produces quality hazelnuts (filberts) and has a guesthouse and grounds available for lodging and events. The property is located just outside of Newberg, Oregon.