Ruby Vineyard, a family-owned and operated winery and vineyard located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, represents a confluence of old roots, both familial and viticultural.
The 7.25 acres of Pinot Noir at Ruby Vineyard are own-rooted vines and some of the oldest in Oregon, planted in 1973. While the vineyard is old, the winery is new: Ruby’s first commercial vintage was 2015 and their welcoming tasting room was completed in 2017.
The vineyard’s fortuitous placement on a narrow band of Laurelwood soils adds depth and spice to their premium old vine Pinot Noir, while the sourcing of grapes from neighboring vineyards ensures the production of easy-drinking Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Rosé of Pinot Gris. Winemaker Andrew Kirkland also produces a late harvest Chenin Blanc dessert wine from a small planting on their estate vineyard.
Co-owned by Steve Hendricks and Flora Habibi, Ruby was named after Flora’s favorite gemstone—an apt metaphor for this hidden gem in a lesser-known corner of the Willamette Valley.
Photos by Josh Chang