With growing international recognition, the Columbia Valley region of Washington State is swiftly rising to the top of the wine making game. This region is very comparable to Napa. Although, we like to refer to it as “Napa in blue jeans”. And the appellate leading the charge is Horse Heaven Hills (HHH AVA). The Wallula Vineyard sits at the Eastern corner of the HHH AVA.
Within this great wine region exists the most unique landscape and growing coniditions that comprise the Wallula Vineyards. The vineyard sits on the North side of the Columbia River. The naturally terraced landscape of the vineyards was provided with the most diverse soil in the region, thanks in great part to the Ice Age floods of 10 – 15 million years ago. Visit this link for a report from the leading geologist on the topic, Dr. Alan Busacca.
The vineyards on the Ranch all have their own unique soil, sun and temperature charateristics as you travel from the top of the canyon rim, down through the magical terraces down to the River. There is over a 1,200′ difference in elevation from the top ‘block’ of wine to the botton. Each of these ‘blocks’ are well suited for the spefic vartiels planted. The incredible soil diveristy is fourther enhanced from by our strict practice of Old-World ‘Biodynamics’. In less then a decade of since the first planting, the wines produced from the fruits of these blocks are scoring well into the 90′s on both the Wine Specator and Wine Ethusist lists.