All Matello wines are sourced from small family owned and farmed vineyards in Oregon's beautiful north Willamette Valley. Oregon's warm dry summers and cool prolonged fall are ideal for ripening wine grapes. It takes a remarkable confluence of great vineyard site, great farming, and great climate to produce the world-class wines Oregon is capable of. Last, I hate the idea of wine being nothing but a commodity. All of our farmers are people I admire, who are willing to farm the right way even if it is harder, costs more, and is rewarded with precious little credit for the work.



Whistling Ridge Vineyard

Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, & Field Blend
AVA: Ribbon Ridge
Soil: Willakenzie (sedimentary over marine siltstone)
Elevation: 300-400 ft
Exposure: SW
Acreage under vine: 14
Planted: 1990
Philosphy: One of Oregon's most unique vineyards. The vineyard was replanted using selection massale and mixed clonal blocks. The vineyard is dry farmed using low impact practices to enhance maximum terroir over maximum ripeness.

Winemaker notes: Whistling Ridge vineyard sits atop the ridgeline that forms the backbone of Oregon's Ribbon Ridge AVA. The picturesque views from the vineyard across the Willamette Valley are bewitching and idyllic, especially as the vines bask in Oregon's warm, dry summer. The shallow sedimentary soils are only a few inches thick, leaving the vines in a constant struggle for moisture. The vines force their way through hardpan searching for any hint of moisture to help them survive the summer heat. Pinot Noir from this vineyard comes into being complex and tightly wound, and the white wines with a bead of minerality and nerve focused by the constant evening breeze

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Durant-Winery-PicDurant Vineyard

Varietals: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
AVA: Dundee Hills
Soil: Jory (volcanic)
Elevation: 200-450 ft
Exposure: South
Acreage under vine: ???
Planted: 1973

A founder in the Oregon wine industry, the Durant family has been producing outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris for a lucky few of Oregon's top wineries for 40 years.

Winemaker notes: I first approached the Durant family about working with them in 2006. In 2010 they finally offered me 2 blocks of Pinot Noir and a very small amount of grapes from their original 1973 planting. In the years since, I find them as meticulous and thoughtful in how they tend their vines as they were in deciding work with Matello. In the heart of the Dundee Hills and surrounded by some of the storied names of Oregon wine, their vines produce some of the most compelling wines I make.

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Deux Vert Vineyard

Deux Vert Vineyard:

Varietals: Syrah, Viognier, and Pinot Noir
AVA: Yamhill Carlton
Soil: Willakenzie (sedimentary over marine siltstone)
Elevation: 200-300 ft
Acreage under vine: 14.5
Planted: 1994

Deux Vert Vineyard is sustainably farmed and a member of LIVE. Our farming philosophy is to take the best practices from various farming approaches (organic, bio-dynamic, etc.) but not be restricted by any one of them. It is a dry farmed, non-tilled vineyard. We maintain buffer zones throughout and have recently added a two acre riparian zone.

Winemaker notes: Often a crucial aspect of a vineyard that make it unique can be intangible, hard to see in quick look at elevation, clones, soil types, etc. It's difficult to communicate Mike and Patty Green's approach to farming. They have the courage to explore varietals like Syrah, Viognier, and Tempranillo, often considered too risky for the northern Willamette Valley. They are consumate professionals, who after 20 years of farming are still constantly on the look out for the best farming practices.

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Bishop Creek Winery

Bishop Creek

Varietals: Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
AVA: Yamhill Carlton
Soil: Willakenzie (sedimentary over marine siltstone)
Elevation: 300-500 ft
Exposure: South
Acreage under vine: 15
Planted: 1988 (Pinot Noir) 1995 Pinot Gris

Bishop Creek Vineyard is sustainably farmed and a member of LIVE. Our farming philosophy is to take the best practices from various farming approaches (organic, bio-dynamic, etc.) but not be restricted by any one of them. It is a dry farmed vineyard, with closely spaced vines. The farm is 60 acres with only 15 planted to grapes, the rest is natural wildlife habitat.

Planted in 1988-90, located in the Yamhill-Carlton District this vineyard . Vines are own rooted (not grafted), closely spaced, and non-irrigated. This vineyard produces classic Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir: intense, darkly flavored wines, bursting with both power and suppleness. Vineyard manager Jeremy Saville and I have always shared a common view of Pinot Noir. It's farmed sustainably (certified LIVE) without pesticides or herbicides allowing me to feel the satisfaction of producing a wine that I am proud of on every level.

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Fir Crest Winery

Fir Crest:

Varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Pinot Blanc
AVA: Yamhill-Carlton
Soil: Upper Sedimentary Marine Siltstone
Elevation: 250-400 ft
Exposure: South-SE
Acreage under vine: 14
Planted: 1985

About Matello

Welcome! Matello (rhymes with cello) is an Italian word meaning "little fool". I've always had an affinity for jesters and fools, and it seems to be a bit of a totem. Whether it suits the winery or we suit the fool is beyond me, perhaps a bit of both.


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