All great wines are made first in the vineyard. You cannot make world class wine with less than world class fruit. With that in mind, we select specific plots in special vineyards; we lease them, and they are farmed for us in accordance with our viticultural direction. We value vine age, and have some of the oldest vines in Washington producing grapes for our wines. We also value altitude, and exposure in our vineyards, as they encourage quick drainage and produce grapes with balanced acidity. We utilize Vertical Shoot Positioning, as it encourages even ripening, free flow of winds, and allows for consistent canopy management. We seek to be good stewards of the soils and vines that give us our fruit, so that they will continue to give us our world class fruit in the future.
Located on the favored northeast edge of the Wahluke Slope, Washington’s warmest AVA, Rosebud Vineyard is where our Sauvignon Blanc is farmed for us. Don and Norma Toci planted their first vines on this land in 1978, and our Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 1995 by the second generation of the family. The third generation has now taken over at Rosebud, and they still live on the farm – truly a multi-generational family operation with old tractors and trucks lying around as testament to age of the vines. The soils are sandy, dry, and deep, consisting of fluvial fallout from the Great Missoula Floods.
Located on Red Mountain, Washington’s smallest AVA, the Hedges Estate vineyard is one of our sources for red varietals. Originally planted in 1991 by Tom and Ann-Marie Hedges, they practice bio-dynamic farming and their family lives in the vineyard and farm it to this day. Hedges Estate adds backbone to our wines, and the soil consist of sediments and gravels deposited by the Great Missoula Floods, overlain with a thin layer of wind-blown loess.
Located on Red Mountain directly above the Hedges Estate vineyard, Bel’Villa is another treasured source of red grapes for us. Planted by the Hedges family in 1997, Bel’Villa is farmed biodynamically and is certified Salmon Safe. One of the highest altitude vineyards on Red Mountain, the soils are a stratum of silts and sands deposited during the Great Missoula Floods, and are quick draining.
Located on Radar Hill, just to the east of the Wahluke Slope AVA and south of the town of Othello, Conner-Lee was planted in 1982 and is one of our sources for Merlot. Higher in elevation and cooler than most Washington vineyards, Conner-Lee adds bright acidity to our wines. Certified Salmon-Safe, Connor-Lee has silty, loam soils that are relatively deep for Washington.