Helmick Hill Vineyard

10825 Brateng Rd, Monmouth, Polk County, Oregon 97361, USA
  • ID: 34315
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Helmick Hill Vineyard sits on 56.5 Acres with 31+ acres planted in award-winning, income-producing wine grapes, a gracious custom home providing a 360-degree view from the Cascade Mountains to the Coast Range. Many amenities, and customizations: oversized 2-car garage, a large barn, large shop, chemical storage shed, and 2 irrigation ponds. Room for a family garden, plus Marion berries, blueberries and a 50 tree fruit orchard with apple, cherry and pear trees. +/- 10 acres ready to accommodate horses and livestock or more grapes currently in open ground and timber.

The property is located a little over 3 miles south of Monmouth, Oregon in the Willamette Valley on a well-maintained gravel road that lies west of Hwy 99W and is north of Elkins and west of Helmick County Roads, both paved roads. The mid-Willamette Valley is a well regarded region for producing premium wine grapes. Nearby vineyards and wineries include Elkhorn Ridge (adjacent), Amalie Robert, Freedom Hill, Croft, Illahe and Halona Woods (formally Cooper Hollow).

Helmick Hill Vineyard was established in 1984 and has been certified by LIVE (“Low Input Viticulture Enology”) to be “Salmon Safe” since the beginning of the LIVE program in 1999. These sustainable farming practices are more and more important to the wine consumer, wineries and general public.

31.46 acres are planted in vineyard which have historically produced 100+ tons of fine award-winning wine grapes per vintage (with some years cropping in excess of 130 tons).
-5.62 acres of Pinot Blanc Grapes
-9.2 acres of Pinot Gris
-14.74 acres of Pinot Noir (with wide clone varieties, Pinot Noir 115, 114, 777, Pommard and Wadensvil; Pinot Blanc is all Colmar clones 159 and 161; and Pinot Gris are Dijon clones 146, 152, and UCD 103)

About 12 acres are grafted rootstocks, approximately 2 of which were planted in 2020 and the rest are self-rooted. There are +/- 22 acres of VSP trellis and +/-9 acres of older, modified high-wire, hang-down trellis.

Deep, well-drained soil. The soils in our area are sedimentary “Spencer Formation” of Willakenzie, Steiwer and Wellsdale.

The vineyard is planted predominately to 5 x 10” spacing (5 feet between vines & 10 foot row spacing) with several blocks at 6’x10′ and 5’x9′ . It has worked well with these soils. The vineyard slopes gently to the south with elevations ranging from 280′-385′.

There are two irrigation ponds with an approved water allocation of 5 acre feet of irrigation which has never been needed in one year. There could be an additional 5 or 6 acres on the east side of the house to plant more wine grapes and another +/- 5 plantable acres currently in timber. Vineyard equipment included – tractor, sprayer, flail mower and field cultivator.

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