High Pass Winery
(541) 998-1447
24757 Lavel Road,
Junction City, OR 97448


At High Pass we have been practicing sustainability before the words sustainable farming were "cool".

Our Vineyards

We farm total 0f 62 acres of grapes.

We believe that wine is made in the vineyard.  You can taste the difference in a High Pass wine!

At High Pass Winery, we know that the quality of our wine depends on the quality of our vineyard. Our wine-making philosophy is deeply rooted in respect for the earth and the vines, and we place great emphasis on sustainable farming practices. Our vines are grafted on a native American root stock, which ensures that the vines are naturally protected from phylloxera, an insect that damages wine grape vines.

We use 5' x 7' vine spacing, following a modern European viticulture approach that yields quality wine at attractive prices

Bellpine is the predominant soil. Bellpine soils are a silty clay loam over sandstone parent material.

We practice dry farming method.  We do not irrigate our mature vines. The roots are deep enough to tap water as deep as 6 feet deep.



The 4 Vineyards

1.     High Pass Vineyard

2.    Union School Vineyard

3.    Moriah (lease)

4.    Priddy Vineyard (lease)


High Pass Vineyard – 33 acres (23 in grapes)

Our first vineyard. Planted in 1984.

Vineyard elevation ranging from 450’ – 650’.

These grapes have been planted on south facing slopes. We recently added a new block, A, with an East facing slop, hoping for a first harvest in 2018 and projected wine release in 2020. The main variety on this Vineyard is Pinot Noir. Different blocks have different Pinot Noir clones. The clones include: Pommard, 777, 667, 115, 114, 113, and 2A (also known as Wadenswil).

Other varieties include Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Scheurebe, Huxelrebe, and a few rows of Silvaner, Bacchus, Siegfried, Gewurztraminer, Comtessa and Gutedel.

Union School Vineyard – 20 acres (17 in grapes)

The Union School Vineyard was planted in 2005. The vineyard is named after a school house that was next to the vineyard, before there were school buses to take pupils to Junction City. Dieter wanted to keep the history of the area, hence the reason he named the vineyard Union School.

This vineyard has an elevation of 500’ – 700’ above sea level and a south facing slope. The concave shape of the land heats up the air which rises then helps to create a warm sheltered microclimate. That makes it a very unique vineyard site. The resulting wine is intensely concentrated with impeccable balance.

The main grape variety on this vineyard is Pinot Noir of Pommard and 777 clones, with small lots of Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Scheurebe.

Moriah Vineyard – 20 acres (15 in grapes)

Moriah Vineyard is just south of Union School Vineyard. They  share a fence line. Varieties here are  Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc.


Priddy Vineyard –  20 acres (7 in grapes).

Located West of High Pass Vineyard, with vine rows serving as the fence line. Varieties include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and a native American grape that we use as rootstock for grafting new grape starts. 

Contact us for delicious wines from a remarkable part of the world.

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