Proposed by Luisa and Maria Ponzi Ponzi Vineyards and Kevin Johnson of Dion Vineyards in 2016, the Laurelwood District AVA was approved in early June of 2020 with July 6 as its official inauguration.
The 33,600 acre AVA is located entirely within the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and presently contains 25 wineries and 70 commercial vineyards.
The name Laurelwood District references the Laurelwood soil series — a blend of loess and volcanic basalt widespread throughout the AVA. The TTB initially received objections to the name citing the presence of the Laurelwood soil series throughout the Willamette Valley, but with the existing precedent of naming AVAs after soil types — ie. Loess Hills District AVA & Arroyo Seco AVA — and the ubiquity of the soil type in the area, the name was upheld.
Below is a map of the Laurelwood District AVA. Click here to download the full resolution image.