|Posted on May 20, 2017 at 12:25 AM|
We have about 500 vines planted around our tasting room. Upon entering our tasting room grounds you will see one acre of vineyard to the North of the parking lot and one acre of vineyard to the West of the tasting room with a few rows of vines here and there. We have mostly pinot noir and siegerrebe (see-geh-RAY-buh), which is a German varietal made from a cross of gewurztraminer and madeleine angevine grapes.
Depending upon growing conditions and pruning techniques one vine will yield between 30 and 40 clusters of grapes. There are approximately four grape clusters in one pound and it takes approximately 2.5 pounds of grapes to make one bottle of wine. So, the vineyard around our tasting room will make 1500 bottles, or 125 cases, in a good year. We currently produce between 500 and 1000 cases of wine each year. WIth the size of our vineyard relative to the size of our production, we must use grapes sources elsewhere to satisfy our production needs.
Where do our grapes come from? We source fruit strictly from the state of Washington. We desire to showcase the optimum growing conditions and unique character elicited from Washington vineyard sites. In 1825 the first wine grapes were planted in Washington by the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, WA. The big planting boom came later in the 1960s. Most of the Washington vineyards are located in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, in Eastern WA. A dry, warm climate with excellent growing conditions.
Washington wine production is primarily a result of smaller wineries focusing on craft wines sourcing fruit from larger vineyards. There are presently 900 wineries in Washington and only 350 vineyards. People stay focused on what they are good at– either making wine or growing high quality grapes. Washington produces approximately 16 million cases of wine per year and has the highest percentage of 90+ rated wines than any other wine region of the United States.
Our primary sources of grapes are two vineyards in the Yakima Valley American Viticulture Area in Eastern Washington. The Yakima Valley AVA 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 nutrient rich ash deposits from the Mt. St. Helens eruption of 1980 (the 36th anniversary was May 18th). 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. These unique conditions lead to wonderfully rich flavors and complexities within the grapes.
DuBrul Vineyard Sunnyside, WA - Planted in 1992, DuBrul Vineyard was Washington Vineyard of the year in 2007 and 2009. Comprised of 45 acres on a steep South facing slope, there are multiple soil compositions and microclimates 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. You will find DuBrul vineyard represented in our Lucia No. 47 red blend, our 2013 Reserve Cabernet, the newly released 2015 Late Harvest Riesling and more.
Inland Desert Benton City, WA - 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! A great representation of Inland Desert may be found in our Farm Hand's Red red wine blend.
In the 2015 and 2016 seasons we have sourced fruit from White Dog Farm in La Center, Washington. Planted in 1983 and formerly known as La Center Vineyards, White Dog Farm grows Pinot Noir. At 34 years old, White Dog Farm boasts some of the oldest vines in the state as well as the area-including vineyards in the Willamette Valley. The vineyard was derelict for many years before Kevin and Kristi Kotrous took over and dubbed it White Dog Farm. The fruit is showing marvelous potential and resilience. It will be a few more years before the vines fully recover and really begin to tell their story and share the wisdom of roots going 34 years deep. We will not be releasing Pinot Noir from White Dog Farm fruit for some time, but we have our 2015 Blanc de Noir available. Blanc de Noir, literally translated to white of black, is a white wine made from pinot noir grapes.
We have previously, and do still occasionally, source fruit from other vineyards, but we really enjoy the care and uniqueness provided by the aforementioned vineyards. We tend to be quite loyal.
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