Julon Vineyard sits on a fifty-acre site in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, just five miles northwest of Salem, Oregon. The property ranges from 225 to 410 feet in elevation, with southern and southwestern slopes facing the Oregon Coast Range. A variety of soils are present on the site, including Chehulpum, Bellpine, Willakenzie, Steiwer, and Rickreall. These soils were formed through the weathering of the marine sediments that now lie beneath them.
The vineyard is divided into seven blocks along the upper half of the property. Four different Pinot Noir clones are planted throughout these blocks—Pommard, Wadenswil, Dijon 115, and Dijon 777. The vines are grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstocks 3309 and 101-14.
To the west of the Eola-Amity Hills lies the Van Duzer Corridor, a gap in the Oregon Coast Range. This gap channels marine winds from the Pacific Ocean into the lower Willamette Valley, resulting in relatively cool temperatures. This moderating effect allows the grapes to develop a balanced acidity even in the midst of the Willamette Valley’s warm summers.