Italian varieties grown in Washington state
Unique varieties grown in Washington state.
We source all of our grapes from eastern Washington vineyards. For growing premium grapes, it is essential to find the right site and grower who matches your own passion for a premium wine. We are strong believers that the great wines start in the vineyard. It’s not easy finding the Italian varieties we use to make our wine. Several times throughout the season, we make trips to the vineyard and check on progress. Throughout fall, we sample and taste the fruit and watch the vines develop.
We source grapes from the following appellations:
Red Mountain: Vinagium Vineyards
We have sourced Barbera from Vinagium vineyards our first three vintages and will for the foreseeable future. Their vineyard manager, Damon LaLonde, has a magical touch with grapes. His attention to detail only adds to creating a perfect vintage.
“Red Heaven” is the main vineyard site for Vinagium. It sits on a gentle slope between Hedges Family Estate and Col Solare Winery. The style of wine produced from Red Heaven are bold with fruit and body, enfolded in silky tannins. The old saying “fist in a velvet glove” comes to mind. Red Heaven offers sweeping views of the Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and Rattlesnake Mountain. On clear days, Mt. Adams can be viewed from our block. Wines produced from Red Heaven Vineyard: 2009 Barbera, 2010 Barbera
With its cool night and long hot summers, the Wahluke Slope allows Italian varieties a long growing season which are essential for complex flavors to compete with the natural acids in the grapes. Most Italian varieties retain a certain amount of their acidity. If the grapes are not allowed to ripen, the acids tend to be the dominate flavors.
We have sourced Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto from the Gilbert family for our first two vintages. At their “24K” vineyard near Mattawa, Washington, the Barbera and Nebbiolo grow side by side. This site has sandy loam soil which offers good drainage and allows the roots to grow deep down into the various soil layers. Wines produced using Gilbert Vineyards: 2009 Nebbiolo, 2009 Bravo Rosso, 2010 Barbera Rosé, 2010 Dolcetto
Stone Tree vineyard:
Tedd Wildman, the vineyard manager for Stone Tree, is one of the top growers here in Washington State.
From his perfect south-facing vineyard, Stone Tree offers excellent sun exposure. It is one of the highest in elevation for Wahluke Slope and offers a long growing season without much fear of a frost towards the end of harvest. We are currently getting limited quantities of Barbera and Primitivo.
Yakima Valley: Lonesome Spring Ranch
Lonesome Spring Ranch is managed by Colin Morrell, the vineyard manager for Hogue Cellars. The vineyard is located north of Benton City and is just a stone’s throw from Red Mountain.
Elevation: 890-1000 ft
Slope: Mostly South and SE
Soil: Kootenay silt loam 2-8% slope and starbuck 5-15% slope.
They are a new vineyard for us in 2011. We currently source our Orange Muscat, Barbera and Dolcetto from LSR.