The Van Duzer Corridor AVA is contained within the Willamette Valley AV and is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Portland and 40 miles (64 km) east of the Pacific Ocean. The AVA is name after the Van Duzer Corridor, a natural break in the Coast Range that results in 40-50% stronger winds in the afternoon compared to other Willamette Valley AVAs. Direct coastal wind exposure results in cooler average temperatures and higher grape skin-to-pulp ratios, producing wines with more phenolic structure, densely structured tannins and firm acids.
The Van Duzer Corridor is comprised primarily of marine sedimentary soil. The region’s trademark afternoon winds combined with these soils result in Pinot noirs offering notes of dark fruits, tea leaf and earth. White wines tend to have bright fruit and acid-driven profiles complimented by weight and texture.
The appellation became official in January 2019.