We source fruit from multiple vineyards in Eastern Washington, primarily from two vineyards in the Yakima Valley American Viticulture Area. Why Eastern WA and the Yakima Valley AVA? The Yakima Valley AVA was the first Federally recognized AVA in Washington State and is one of Washington's most diverse growing regions. The climate is a dry, arid, continental climate averaging a meager 8" of rainfall per year. The soil of the Yakima Valley boasts deposits from the Mt. St. Helens eruption of 1980, ash is an excellent fertilizer. Even more unique are the soil, mineral and other nutrient rich deposits left behind by the Missoula Floods which resulted when glaciations began to thaw and runoff flooded the surrounding areas. Nutrient rich soils on South facing hillsides in an arid climate create wonderfully rich flavors and complexities within the grapes.
DuBrul Vineyard, planted in 1992, was Washington Vineyard of the year in 2007 and 2009. DuBrul Vineyard is comprised of 45 acres on a steep South facing slope in Sunnyside, Washington. There are multiple soil compositions and microclimates making up this mere 45 acres and each are catered to uniquely. DuBrul vineyard is known for small clusters and low yields, meaning a delicious flavor packed grape and a unique DuBrul Vineyard terroir signature. The list of wineries producing from DuBrul Vineyard fruit is small and we are extremely blessed to be among them.
Inland Desert Nursery has been a family owned and operated farm for more than 40 years. Specializing in Washington Certified Grapevines- inspected regularly by WSU and WSDA scientists. To perfect their craft of grafting and growing some of the top vinifera vines in the state they began planting and nurturing vines in Benton City, WA just a stones throw from the highly renowned Red Mountain AVA. Recognizing what a gem of a vineyard site they had, Inland Desert began selling fruit from these hand crafted vines rather than leaving it for bird fodder. For that we are thankful!