Sylvanus - Of The Forest
Sylvanus means “Of The Forest” in Latin, and we are indeed surrounded on three sides by a curtain of Oregon firs, abounding in deer, elk, panthers, bobcats, bears and gorgeous birdlife. The western side of the property opens to the panorama of Moores Valley below and the foothills of the Coast Range beyond.
Sylvanus Estate is found on upper slopes of the entrance to the valley's expanse. Rising from around 400 ft to 700ft above sea level, our aspect, well-drained soils, and temperatures are ideal for wine grapes.
The valley floor is rich and supports everything from grass-fed cattle to delicious cherries.
Appropriately, we also look to Sylvanus Moore, the namesake of Moores Valley. The pioneering spirit of this Oregon frontiersman lead him to break the Hudson Bay Company’s monopoly on cattle breeding stock in Oregon.
Sylvanus Moore undertook the hard journey down to the rancheros of Northern California. There he bought stock, and drove this herd north to the Yamhill district of Oregon, with our lovely valley their destination. Descendants of those cows may yet graze on the lush grass of the valley floor.
What Does "Yamhill" mean, anyway?
Well, it has nothing to do with sweet potatoes, yams, or tubers of any sort. There are plenty of hills around, but yams hardly feature anywhere in Yamhill County.
Yamhill, or Yam Hill is the name of a band of Kalapuya Native-Americans who dwelt, and continue to live, in the region. Local lore has it that many of these original residents would leave the hot flats of the McMinnville area for the cooler hills and plentiful game of Moores Valley in summertime.
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