It is often said that great wine starts in the vineyard. We contract with high quality vineyards to bring the best wine to you. Here are our current vineyards organized by AVA (American Viticultural Area):
The Red Mountain AVA is an American Viticultural Area that includes the land surrounding Red Mountain in Benton County, Washington. It is part of the Yakima Valley AVA, which in turn is part of the larger Columbia Valley AVA. Located between Benton City and the City of West Richland, the Red Mountain AVA is the smallest in the state at only 4,040 acres in area. The area has 600 acres under cultivation of primarily red varietals. The reputation of the wines produced in this area has brought Red Mountain AVA worldwide acclaim. The vineyards in this appellation have produced grapes for some of the most sought after wines in Washington State
Vineyards: Ciel du Cheval, Heart of the Hill, E&E Shaw
Fruit That We Get: Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre’, Pinot Gris and Syrah.
Snipes Mountain AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. It is the second smallest AVA in the state, after the Red Mountain AVA, and has one of the state's longest viticultural histories. The 4,145 acres appellation is a sub-AVA of the Yakima Valley AVA and the Columbia Valley AVA. It is located above and between the towns of Sunnyside and Granger around Outlook, Washington, in the southeast corner of the Yakima Valley.
Fruit That We Get: Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo.
The Columbia Valley AVA lies in the Columbia River Plateau, through much of central and southern Washington State, with a small section crossing into the neighboring state of Oregon. The Columbia Valley AVA includes 99% of the total vineyard area planted in the state of Washington and is the largest wine region in the state of Washington, including over 11,000,000 acres of which over 40,000 acres are planted in vineyards. The unique climates of the area allow the Columbia Valley to produce wines that are very fruit-forward, like California wine, but which also retain some of the balance and structure of European wine.
Vineyards: Boushey, Dineen, Gamache, Tudor Hills
Fruit That We Get: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris and Syrah.
HORSE HEAVEN HILLS
The Horse Heaven Hills AVA is located in south-central Washington along the Washington-Oregon border. It is 570,000 acres in size, with elevations ranging from 200 feet above sea level along the Columbia River to 1,800 feet at the northern boundary. Two-thirds of the acreage is planted to red wine grapes and one-third to white wine grapes. For reds, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominate. Whites are almost evenly split between Chardonnay and Riesling. The area is among Washington’s warmer growing regions with many vineyards planted on south-facing slopes, providing for extended sun exposure.
Vineyards: Coyote Canyon, Phinny Hill
Fruit That We Get: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
The 81,000 acre Wahluke Slope AVA lies in south-central Washington. As one of the warmest regions in the state, the Wahluke Slope is known primarily for red grape varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Wahluke Slope wines tend to be ripe and full-bodied with pure varietal fruit flavors. The gentle slope (8% or less) along with the proximity to the Columbia River, helps minimize the risk of frost, which can affect other areas of the state. Most vineyards lie below the 1,000 feet elevation. Winds in the area lead to smaller leaf size and smaller grape clusters compared to other regions, concentrating the resulting wines.
Fruit That We Get: Malbec and Mourvedre’.