IN THE RIBBON RIDGE AVA
40 Amazing AcresStyring Vineyards is nestled into the lovely Ribbon Ridge AVA on 40 acres. This has been a special place for Steve and Kelley Styring since 2003. Half of the acreage is the devoted home to the area's first inhabitants: owls, hawks, foxes, frogs and more. On the other half the Styrings raise their family, grow beautiful grapes, produce wine and welcome visitors from far and near to share this treasured land. Nine and a half acres are planted in the Pinot Noir grapes that become the coveted Styring Pinot Noir wines. One acre is devoted to the fragrant Riesling grapes that become the acclaimed Styring Whimsy Riesling and Afterglow dessert Riesling wines.
Unique Ribbon Ridge SoilsThe soils of Ribbon Ridge are distinct from those of adjacent AVAs in several significant ways. The soils of Ribbon Ridge are entirely derived from finely textured marine sedimentary parent materials of very fine sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone.
Because the ridge is ancient and stable, the soils from these fine sediments are deeper in profile and more finely structured than other soils. This enables good water-holding capability and low levels of nutrients, ideal for dry farming (without irrigation) Pinot Noir.
Good things are worth the struggle and Pinot Noir likes a good struggle. Our vines drive deep roots to tap moisture through our long, dry summers. Did you know an Oregon summer can go 100 or more days without rain? Under these conditions, the vines produce beautiful fruit because they are determined to reproduce under stressed conditions. This is why we do not irrigate our vines – to produce the very best Pinot Noir possible.
Sustainability in the VineyardAt Styring we use minimal vineyard farming practices. You can see this because there are wildflowers, native grasses, and wildlife flourishing between the vines, an astounding variety of birds; from tiny humming birds to golden finches, red tail hawks, owls, and even the rare bald eagle.
We recycle almost everything we use in our winemaking process; from mulching with stems, skins and seeds after harvest to recycling cardboard, glass and paper. What’s left of the winery trash fits easily in our family garbage can each week and usually consists of wrappers from cheese we serve to guests.
We use grain alcohol to clean equipment and find that hot water under pressure works better than just about anything else when you have a dirty job. We are always looking for a better way to care for our farm and we think this is reflected in the natural beauty of our vineyard and the wines that we produce from this land.
We use grain alcohol to clean equipment and find that low-flow hot water under high pressure works better than just about anything else when you have a dirty job. We are always looking for better ways to care for our farm and we think this is reflected in the natural beauty of our vineyard and the wines that we produce from this land.