North Valley

North Valley Vineyards was originally formed as a dedicated Partnership between Tony & Michelle Soter (of Soter Vineyards and Mineral Springs Ranch in Carlton) and Winemaker James Cahill, representing a unique combination of deep, collective experience and genuine passion.  James is now shepherding the brand as it begins a new chapter, independent of Soter Vineyards.  The new project has two estate vineyards as its foundation and will continue collaboration with grower partners we have worked with for more than a decade, truly a “North Valley Collective”. 

The ”North Valley Vineyard”, located in Yamhill-Carlton, is adjacent to Shea, Penner-Ash and Beaux Freres.  It is one of two Estate vineyards, the other is Aegrina in the McMinnville AVA.  The two sites produce distinctive fruit and contribute depth and complexity to the regional blends.

Winemaker, James Cahill, is a veteran of over 20 harvests in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  His winemaking history includes time as Director of Operations with our esteemed colleague, Beaux Freres, Associate Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Elk Cove and, finally, as Winemaker alongside Tony Soter at Soter Vineyards where the North Valley project began. His commitment to the study of wine and his broad range of experience embodies our winemaking philosophy.