To compliment the heritage of our estate vineyard, David Hill purchased this historic property in 2019. We are very excited to introduce the Wirtz vineyard as an essential part of the David Hill Estate brand. Located in the Northern Willamette Valley, the vineyard was planted in 1974 by David Wirtz, and is less than 3 miles away from the David Hill tasting room.
In one of the first purchases by David Wirtz in 1974, what is believed to be Draper clone Chardonnay was procured and planted. The property is also home to self-rooted old vine Pinot Gris of unknown origin, making this block a unique part of the property.
Along with the heirloom clonal material found at David Hill, the Wirtz property also has Gamay Beaujolais. This early ripening Pinot Noir clone was sold from the Coury nursery also in 1974.
In the late 80's Oregon State University consulted with Wirtz about planting a test orchard with specific apple cultivars to make hard cider. Today, David Hill is realizing this dream and in 2019 harvested the apples to produce a hard cider that will be sold in the tasting room.