Boushey Vineyard is a grape-growing estate located in the Yakima Valley AVA, north of Grandview, Washington. Grapes grown in the vineyard have been used to produce some of the most critically acclaimed Washington wines with the name Boushey regularly being featured on vineyard designated wines. Paul Gregutt, wine writer for the Seattle Times and Wine Enthusiast, list Boushey as one the “top ten” vineyards in the entire state. The vineyard is owned and managed by viticulturist Dick Boushey who was honored in 2002 by the Washington State Wine Commission as Washington’s “Grower of the Year” and in 2007 by Wine & Spirits as their “Grower of the Year”. After Red Willow Vineyard, which was planted with David Lake and Mike Sauer, Boushey was one of the first Washington wine growers to plant Syrah. Today, Boushey Vineyard is considered by wine experts such as Jon Bonne to be “One of the state’s top Syrah spots” with many Washington Syrahs made from Boushey’s grape receiving critical acclaim.
Dineen Vineyards is located in the Yakima Valley AVA just north of the town of Zillah, Washington. We are in a unique hill-top area that is especially well suited for growing premium wine grapes as well as offering far-reaching views of the valley and Mounts Adams and Rainier in the distance. Dineen Vineyards began planting in the spring of 2001 and continues to add annually to the planted acreage. Currently 87 acres are under vine, planted with grapes traditionally grown in the Bordeaux and Rhone Valley regions of France. Presently, our vineyards are home to the following varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah, Semillion, Viognier, Roussanne and Riesling.
Dineen Vineyards works to accommodate the specific criteria of the unique fruit buyer within acceptable viticulture practices. All of the work at Dineen Vineyards, from planting to harvest, is done by hand and the grapes are treated gently on the way to the bottle. The handwork in the vineyard helps prevent disease and eases training of the plants by allowing close observation as they grow. It ensures that the growing berries receive enough sun to ripen fully. Yields are kept low, at roughly 2-3 tons per acre by natural processes attributed to low vigor soils as well as careful growth management including water control, aggressive pruning, and shoot thinning. We practice sustainable viticulture with minimal use of non-organic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic compost is applied every other year to replenish nutrients that the vines consume in producing fruit.
All of our fruit is hand-harvested and field sorted which keeps the wine quality high by culling poor clusters and vine debris that could give off-flavors to the finished wine.The vines at Dineen Vineyards tend to produce rich and deeply colored wines with medium to soft tannins.
The vineyard was originally planted by Paul Champuox for Milo and Kay May in 2005 in the Horse Heaven Hills A.V.A. overlooking the Columbia River at Crow Butte Park. The plantings look out over water and have a magnificent view of the Columbia River and the state of Oregon.
Paul Champoux planted 24 acres of the original 30 acre site. 1 acre of Petit Verdot; clone 2, 8×3. 6 acres of Cab. Sauv.; clone 8, 8×5, 6 acres Sryah; clone Phelps, 8×5, and 11 acres Cab. Sauv.; clone 8, 8×3.
In 2012 we purchased 53 additional acres and are planting 15 acres this spring. 11 acres Cab. Sauv. clones 337 and 191, 5.5 acres each at 8×3. 2 acres Cab. Frank, clones 312 and 214, 8×3. 1 acre each at 8×3. Merlot 2 acres clone 15, 8×3.
Elevation goes from 260′ to 580′. The aspect is East, South East with an aggressive slope of 6%, which encourages major natural air drainage so that no artificial air mixing machines are necessary.
Our farming practices follow the low input model with fall application of Compost followed by aeration with minimal tillage and natural cover crop to maintain soil health. Sustainability is the goal for the longevity and health of not only the vineyard but also for us.
Irrigation is accomplished with both drip and micro sprinklers. The drip is used for the majority of watering needs as the micro sprinklers assist by keeping the cover crop alive to function as a host for beneficial insects and soils stabilization. The micro sprinklers can also help in cooling the canopy during extreme periods of heat or the chance of a freezing frost in the spring.
All vineyard work is accomplished by hand; pruning, suckering, shoot thinning, fruit thinning, and harvest.
Crop load is held to a low level so that high quality and maximum flavors can be extracted from the fruit, 3.5 to 4 lbs per plant is our average harvest weight per plant in the high density plantings of 8×3, 1815 plants per acre. Pruning is V.S.P. done on a unilateral cordon with a western sprawl to help with sun exposure. Canopy management decisions are done to maximize the growing conditions on a per year basis as weather dictates.
The vineyard is owned and managed by Milo and Kay May. Both are involved at the hands on level in all the farming decisions and practical applications such as spraying, cultivating, and general maintenance of the vineyard.
In 1975 my family started Kiona Vineyards and Winery. We plant grapes. We grow grapes. We make those grapes into wine. And then we sell wine. So here it goes:
We plant grapes: My Grandfather decided to pour his life savings into planting a 12 acre vineyard on a desolate swatch of dirt and sagebrush that would later be called the Red Mountain AVA. He had to bring in power, lay down a gravel road, and dig a well. People thought he was nuts. Back then one could not Google "grow wine grapes in Washington state" with any degree of success. But here we are, several decades and 250+ acres later, sitting on one of the most sought-after vineyard sites in the hemisphere.
We grow grapes: Pretty self explanatory. Visitors to our tasting room are able to see firsthand the vineyards we use to make our wines. Abstract descriptions of far-off grape sources are not a part of our curriculum. My Dad is the vineyard manager. He’s pretty awesome.
- Olsen Vineyard is in the Yakima Valley AVA
- Soils: average 2-3 ft depth, primarily silt loam based soils on top of fractured basalt
- Elevation: ranges from about 750-1300 ft
- Varieties: 21 different varieties
- First vineyard planted in 1980
- 1150 acres of wine grapes on a variety of sites north of Prosser and Benton City spread out over a 10 mile span with different elevations, slopes, aspects (well diversified)
- Martin and I are 4th generation farmers in the Yakima Valley, 2nd gen wine grape growers
- Also grow apples, hops, concord grapes, blueberries, cherries
Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Pepper Bridge Vineyard is located in the Walla Walla Valley Appellation. The original 10 acres were planted in 1991. Since then, the vineyard has been expanded to almost 200 acres (170 acres as of January 2011). Pepper Bridge Vineyard has gained an outstanding reputation with winemakers throughout the state of Washington and especially the Walla Walla Valley. Tom Waliser has been the Vineyard Manager since its inception.
The irrigation and weather systems within the vineyard utilize cuting-edge technology. Weather data, temperature, humidity, wind and sun energy units are recorded around the clock, and the data is downloaded to computer via phone line. Over sixty moisture-measuring points are spread throughout the vineyard and moisture data is logged once an hour, 24 hours per day.
The soils in this vineyard are Walla Walla Silt Loam, which consists of wind-blown glacial loess that is young and full of minerals. This silt loam contains one-third sand and is very porous. The most common trellis system in the vineyard is Vertical Shoot Positioning which trains the vines upward from the cordon (grape bearing wire) in a thin curtain that allows sunshine to reach the maximum number of leaves. The leaves are harvesting sunshine and producing sugar to allow the grapes to be picked for harvest in the fall to produce some great red wines.
Grape varietals grown include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Syrah.
Seven Hills Vineyard
The original vineyard and heart of SeVein, Seven Hills, is one of the first commercial vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Seven Hills Vineyard was first planted in 1980 and then expanded in 1989. Norm McKibben purchased this 20-acre old block in 1994 and, in partnership with Gary Figgins, Marty Clubb, and Bob Rupar, expanded Seven Hills Vineyard in 1997 and 1998 to over 200 acres. The three partnering wineries collectively utilize 50 percent of the vineyard fruit, selling grapes to more than 25 other premium wineries. With an elevation of 850 to 1,050 feet, the site has excellent soil and air drainage and is one of the most technologically advanced in the industry. The vertically trained canopy, controlled cluster spacing and sunlight exposure generates uniform fruit ripeness. Soil moisture is monitored daily by computer with sophisticated drip irrigation scheduled to augment vine development yet limit excessive canopy growth. Yields are strictly controlled to assure ultra-premium quality.
Located just outside of Zillah Washington, in the Yakima Valley, Sheridan soils consist of mostly of sandy silt loam with a hard pan underlay anywhere from 6 to 30 inches. Elevation runs from 1120 to 1220 ft.. Since we are the hilltop we have slope in all four directions with our late ripening varietals planted on the southern and western slopes while early ripening are planted to the northern slopes. With the higher elevation our daytime temperatures are warmer and night time cooler than the vineyard around us (especially during spring and fall). The shallow soils help naturally moderate both yield and canopy, all vines are trained to VSP. We place emphasis on sustainable agricultural practices for long term health of both the soils and vines as well as all beneficial insect and other natural predators (hawks, owls, kestrels and coyotes).
We have simple mission statement. We at StoneTree Vineyard are going to grow the best wine grapes in the world.
Saddle Mountain Vineyards, LLC (SMV) was started by Tedd Wildman and Mark Wheeler in 2000 as a holding company for wholly owned vineyard properties. SMV is an LLC owned by a total of five partners, including Mark and Tedd.
StoneTree Vineyard is built on a 257 acres leased on a 25 year lease from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The soils are all classified as sandy loams or sandy silt loams, predominately of the Scoon series. The Scoon series consists of very shallow, well-drained soils on terraces and alluvial fans. This is typical of a geological location where a wind-blown loess has been deposited on a more durable substrate. The underlying sediments, glacial outwash, were deposited 13,000 to 20,000 years ago by catastrophic floods of glacial melt water from Glacial Lake Missoula. The flood water reached an elevation of 1450 feet.
StoneTree Vineyard is located outside of Mattawa Washington, in the Wahluke Slope AVA .