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Our Sustainable Vineyards

PAMAR VINEYARD | VAN DUZER CORRIDOR

Exceptional wine begins in the vineyard

We believe that regenerative farming makes better wine.  Pamar Vineyard (Van Duzer Corridor AVA) is farmed sustainably and regeneratively, with solar panels, permanent cover crops, and oak savanna preservation.

Pamar Vineyard

Pamar Vineyard is the newest project of Mark and Pattie Björnson, the owners of Björnson Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Pamar Vineyard is located in the Van Duzer Corridor AVA, a cool-climate region known for its strong winds and diverse soils. The vineyard consists of 85 acres, with 32 planted to grapevines, including the rare and ancient Gouais Blanc variety.

Pamar Vineyard is farmed sustainably and regeneratively, with solar panels, permanent cover crops, and oak savanna preservation. The wines from Pamar Vineyard reflect the unique terroir and climate of the Van Duzer Corridor, with high acidity, thick skins, and intense flavors.

We have planted several rare and unique varieties at Pamar.  Our plantings to date totaling 32.32 acres include the following:

  • Chardonnay – 2.44 acres
  • Mondeuse Noire – 1.29 acres
  • Trousseau – 0.55 acres
  • Gouais Blanc – 0.41 acres
  • Pinot Meunier – 3.93 acres
  • Gamay Noir – 2.50 acres
  • Aligote – 0.95 acres
  • Pinot Blanc – 1.32 acres
  • Sauvignon Blanc – 1.68 acres
  • Chenin Blanc – 0.50 acres
  • Cabernet Franc – 5.14 acres
  • Pinot Noir – 10.41 acres
  • Melon de Bourgogne – 1.20 acres

We expect to have about 50 acres of total grapevines at Pamar.

Gouais Blanc: A Rare and Historic Grape

At Pamar Vineyard, we are proud to grow Gouais Blanc, one of the most ancient and influential grape varieties in the world. Gouais Blanc is the first and only commercial planting of this grape in the Western Hemisphere, making it a unique and exclusive offering for our customers.

Gouais Blanc has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the Middle Ages, when it was widely planted in France and Germany. It was considered a lowly grape, suitable only for the peasants, while the nobility favored Pinot Noir. However, thanks to DNA testing, we now know that Gouais Blanc is the parent of 81 different wine grapes, including some of the most famous and prestigious ones, such as Chardonnay, Gamay, and Riesling. Gouais Blanc and Pinot Noir have produced 21 offspring, including Auxerrois, Aligote, and Melon de Bourgogne.

Gouais Blanc produces wines with a distinctive character, marked by a high acidity and a citrusy flavor. It is a perfect match for oysters and other shellfish, as well as cheese and charcuterie. By tasting Gouais Blanc, you are tasting a piece of history, and a connection to many of the great wines of the world.