Project Description

  • 81 acres

  • Nearly wall-to-wall plantable

  • Ready to plant

This parcel is just south of Salem on Jory Hill Road, which is 5.5 miles south of Salem city center and 2.2 miles west of I-5 in the mid-Willamette Valley. Parcel is located 1/4 mile west of Liberty Road. Technically, it is in the Willamette Valley AVA, but undoubtedly be formed into its own AVA at some point. Jory Hill Rd. is paved and access to I-5 is about 2.5 miles away. Portland is 50 miles north. There is a full-frontal view of Mt. Hood from the top of the parcel. Video tour here.


The acreage is in the vineyard “zone” ranging from gentle southwest to east slope from just over 730′ to just over 585′ in elevation. There is about 10 acres of gentle northwest slope that would still be plantable. Soil maps show all of the parcel to be comprised of Jory and Nekia. Jory is the most celebrated soil in the Oregon viticultural community with its deep reddish silty clay loam found primarily on the Red Hills of Dundee.

Jory Hill, of which this parcel is a part, is the source of that soil’s name. Jory Hill was named after pioneers who settled here. The soil is volcanic and formed over basalt flows. Nekia is described as dark reddish silty clay loam over fractured and rotted basalt at 3-5′. It is essentially a “shallow Jory.” Soil was evaluated by Red Hills Soils; read report here. It is found primarily in the Salem and Eola and Amity Hill formations. The land is now and has for years been farmed for grass seed and grains.


There are no improvements. There have been no attempts to drill a well on this property. Three other wells on Jory Hill have produced 60, 45 and 35 gallons per minute of water. There is power and utilities at Jory Hill Rd.

Zoning, Property Taxes & Land Use

The property is zoned SA in the Marion County Zoning Maps. That zone is very similar to Exclusive Farm Use in other Oregon Counties. It cannot be divided into parcels smaller than 80 acres and homesite permit for building a residence can be achieved by producing $80,000 per year for 2 consecutive or 3 out of 5 years. The land is in Farm Deferral for property tax purposes and the total taxes for 2014-2015 are $592.72.


The property is being offered at $1,250,000.