In the northwest corner of Willamette Valley, low ridges create an AVA centered around the hamlets of Carlton and Yamhill in a distinct horseshoe shape. Home to some of Oregon’s most regarded Pinot Noir vineyards, the Yamhill-Carlton District is known for its coarse-grained, marine-sedimentary soils that are among the oldest in Willamette Valley. The appellation is situated on hillsides between 200 and 1,000 feet elevations, with the Yamhela Vineyard located at a sweet spot of 600 feet. This specific site is low enough to allow ideal ripening and receives more sunshine than the rest of the region, which is often under a rain shadow from the looming western Coast Range. The specific soil combined with the location encourages early ripening of Pinot Noir, which is particularly important in this region.