Guest Blog Post by Carrie Bonnie, manager of Youngberg Hill and Yamhill Events
Nestled up against the coastal foothills lies Youngberg Hill, originally homesteaded two centuries ago by the Youngberg family, now home to the Youngberg Hill Vineyard, tasting room, Inn, and event site.
Much like those original pioneers, Nicolette and Wayne Bailey forged west in 2003 with their young family to pursue a dream. Once they found this 50-acre property, called Youngberg Hill, their dreams were already coming true. A leader in the development of the McMinnville AVA, Youngberg Hill, sits at the highest elevation and benefits from the close approximation to the ocean and VanDuzer Corridor winds.
Wayne’s dream of owning a vineyard and making wine began while working with winemakers in France. These French winemakers consider themselves farmers first, precisely what Wayne is at heart, knowing that one cannot make fantastic wine without sustainable farming practices and excellent terroir.
It didn’t take much to recognize the beauty and potential that Youngberg Hill had for making the highest quality wines in the Willamette Valley with cooler growing conditions most favorable for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Bailey’s immediately implemented organic farming practices in 2003 when they took over the vineyard, and in 2011 they transitioned to biodynamic farming. This holistic approach to farming that focuses on the soil as the foundation led to no-till farming practices starting in 2017. Additionally, Youngberg Hill does not irrigate, allowing mother earth to do her job and keep the soil healthy, which results in healthy vines and healthy wines. Not only do these practices benefit the soil and vines now, but they will continue to for generations to come.
Youngberg Hill consists of five distinct vineyard blocks, three named for the couple’s three daughters with more than 21 acres planted on the estate.
In addition to the original Youngberg Hill label, the Bailey Family Wines Reserve label was launched in 2016, by Nicolette and Wayne, following numerous accolades, high ratings, and awards.
This winery, inn, and event site is proud to be the only self-sustained, woman-owned, & woman-managed business in the Willamette Valley of its kind. Here curious tasters can enjoy a selection of unique and unforgettable wine tastings, vineyard experiences, inn getaways, and special events that will keep you coming back for more.