Chehalem (Chuh-hay-lum) is a local American Indian word best translated as "gentle land" or "valley of flowers," which captures a long-standing, almost religious reverence for the land. Chehalem's first vineyard was planted by current owner and winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry northwest of Newberg, Oregon. Once established, he sold the grapes to others, while Harry studied his craft. Chehalem's first commercial wine was its 1990 Ridgecrest Pinot Noir. Friends Bill and Cathy Stoller joined Peterson-Nedry in the winery in 1993 and continue today, providing grapes and much more from their Stoller Vineyards and winery, a densly planted 125 acres at the southern tip of the Dundee Hills.
Equally well-known for red and white wine quality, Chehalem carries a focus for cool climate varieties that reflect both site and climate in complex, structured and intensely fruited wines. The Chehalem wines are known for their purity of fruit flavors and their authentic Burgundian style.