Welcome to J.L. Kiff Vineyard

We are Joel and Laurie Kiff and we make delicious Pinot Noir from our 9-acre vineyard, which is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, just northwest of McMinnville, Oregon.

WE ARE OPEN

Saturdays June-September  noon-5pm

By appointment all year. Please call Laurie at 971-237-6745 to arrange your own private tasting and winery tour. Why share the winery when you can have it all to yourself? We love visitors!!

About

Joel and Laurie (the 'J' and the 'L') farm and produce Pinot Noir (and more) on this hill just outside McMinnville, Oregon. The vineyard is 9 acres. Our winery is a converted pole barn, which is where you can come to taste the wine, too. We are very much a 'Do It Yourself' operation, just like it was in Oregon in the early days. Laurie does the sales and marketing. When you come here, you will not find fancy decor, but the wine is intriguing and you will be served by the people who own and operate the place.

J.L. Kiff Vineyard is the closest estate winery to McMinnville, Oregon.

Wines

The grapes that go into J.L. Kiff Vineyard wines are farmed by Joel, who pretty much knows all 9000 vines personally. Except for the Chardonnay, which comes from our neighbors the Cassins.

Our wine can be purchased by contacting us - please email or call and we will arrange payment and delivery. Or you can purchase wine at our tasting room by making an appointment. Please call, text or email at 971-237-6745 or visit@JLKiffVineyard.com

We are the closest estate winery to McMinnville Oregon.

2016 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

An early spring, a warm summer, and an early harvest. The vineyard continues to adjust to being dry-farmed. Vines that struggle make the best wines.

Price: $40 per bottle

Label art pen and ink by Adam Kiff

2015 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

A warm summer, and the first summer when we did not irrigate the vineyard. Intense and full-bodied.

Price: $40 per bottle

Label art watercolor by Erin Sullens

2014 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

The 2014 was made using an unusually high percentage of Dijon clones, resulting in a more obvious red fruit component than we usually taste. The clusters were large, producing a lighter bodied wine as compared to other warm summer vintages.

Price: $40 per bottle

Label art pen and ink by Adam Kiff

2013 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

A true Cinderella story starting with a big rain, a wild yeast fermentation, and 5 years of aging in the cellar prior to release in 2018.

Price: $40 per bottle

Label art watercolor by Erin (Kiff) Sullens

2012 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

The 2012 growing season was one of the most ideal in recent memory. Plenty of warm days with a perfect cool-down in the fall months. The clusters were small (due to the cool 2011 summer), resulting in more body and flavor concentration. There is a small percentage of whole-cluster fermentation in this wine.

Price: $55 per bottle

Label art pen and ink by Adam Kiff

2011 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

2011 was an unusually cold summer, which yielded wines with amazing aromatics, lighter body, and moderate alcohol levels. If you are a fan of the cooler vintages, this year was our last example of one. 210 cases produced.

Price: $55 per bottle

Label art watercolor painting converted to black and white by Erin (Kiff) Sullens

2010 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

Our inaugural vintage. The vines were in their 5th year. The growing season was fairly cool, which produced wines with a balance of fruit, acidity, tannins, and a little spiciness. Brix 24. pH 3.3. Harvested Oct 22. 130 cases made. This wine is now in Library status.

Price: $60 per bottle

Label art pen and ink by Adam Kiff

2018 J.L. Kiff Vineyard Rose of Pinot Noir

A rose with plenty of flavor and color, yet crisp and refreshing like a white wine. You should still serve it chilled. A gorgeous deep pink color created by leaving the skins and juice in contact for 4 days.

Price: $22 per bottle

Label art watercolor by Erin (Kiff) Sullens

2018 Chardonnay

Our second Chardonnay bottling. 50% stainless steel, 50% barrel-fermented. The barrel ferment lasted 10 months. Nice tropical fruit notes.

Price: $32 per bottle

Label art watercolor by Erin (Kiff) Sullens

Blog

Grapes and Heat

We are going though our first major heat wave of the summer, with triple-digit temperatures for 3 or 4 days in a row. I haven’t found very many Oregonians who like heat waves, but the discomfort does give us something to talk about. I very much appreciate people’s concern about how the grapes are doing …

My Name is Dirt

Mid 1970’s, somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I am a kid on my first family backpacking trip. And I don’t know some basic common sense things, like how far from the campfire is a good distance for bedding down for the night. I figured closer to the fire is warmer, and warmer is good. …

Contact Us

Email: visit@jlkiffvineyard.com

Phone: 971-237-6745

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