Yamhill-Carlton wineries begin using AVA-specific bottle

By on November 28, 2013
Yamhill-Carlton wineries will soon use special embossed bottles for their bottles of Pinot Noir from Oregon state's Willamette Valley.

Wineries in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA soon will release wines with special embossed, AVA-specific bottles. (Photo courtesy of Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association)

CARLTON, Ore. – Wineries in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area will now be able to use bottles embossed with the name of the AVA.

“We are excited about the opportunity to further promote the great brand of Yamhill-Carlton,” said Ken Wright, owner and winemaker for Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton.

“This is one of the first AVA-specific bottles in the United States and, to our knowledge, the first of any major Pinot Noir appellation in the world.”

The bottles are being manufactured by Verallia in Seattle and distributed by Tricor-Braun in Vancouver, Wash. Verallia is the largest manufacturer of wine bottles in the United States.

The new bottle will have “Yamhill-Carlton” in raised letters along the bottle neck, as well as the Yamhill-Carlton AVA logo.

Yamhill-Carlton one of 6 AVAs in Willamette Valley

Yamhill-Carlton is one of six small AVAs in the northern Willamette Valley, along with the Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Chehalem Mountains, Eola-Amity Hills and McMinnville. While the other five small appellations focus on a single hill formation, Yamhill-Carlton is unusual because it takes in multiple hillsides in a horseshoe shape that encircles a valley that contains the towns of Yamhill and Carlton.

AVA Bottle_TricorBraunPhotoThe Yamhill-Carlton AVA is distinctive because of its ancient marine sedimentary soils. The area includes such famous vineyards as Shea, Doe Ridge, McCrone, Abbott Claim, Mineral Springs, Marsh, Gran Moraine, Luminous Hills, Premier Pacific, Resonance, Tonnelier and Deux Vert. Wineries within the AVA include Ken Wright Cellars, Belle Pente, Elk Cove, Kramer, Lemelson, Seven of Hearts, Penner-Ash, WillaKenzie, Carlton Cellars and Anne Amie.

The new bottle is a traditional thick-neck Burgundy-style bottle, though it will weigh 660 grams, which is lighter than a typical premium Pinot Noir type of bottle. Both the lighter weight and the regional manufacturing make the bottle more environmentally friendly.

“Lots of wine bottles today are imported from Europe, China or Mexico,” said Gillian Brennan of Tricor-Braun. “But the Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers were committed to finding a domestically produced solution, and we’re thrilled that Verallia rose to the challenge.”

Brennan said new technology allows Verallia to make the custom bottles in smaller production runs while still keeping costs affordable.

The first wineries to use the new bottle will be Ken Wright Cellars, Stag Hollow Wines, Lazy River Vineyard, Ghost Hill Cellars, Asilda Winery, Wild Aire Cellars and Roots. Some of the wineries already have bottled wines in the new embossed bottles and will begin releasing those wines this fall.

After it is in full production, the bottles will be made available to all members of the Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association for use with wines that carry the Yamhill-Carlton AVA designation.

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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