Flavors are created and nurtured in the vineyard. – Kent Waliser, Director of Vineyard Operations
When we first purchased land for planting vineyards in 1968, nobody knew for sure which, if any, grape varietals would grow. Also, we didn’t know how to grow them. Our founders plowed ahead with vision, grit, and not much else. A slew of stumbling blocks nearly killed the dream.
Today, over 40 years and 1,100 acres later, we have five full-production vineyards supplying grapes to northwest wineries both big and boutique. In those five vineyards—Sagemoor, Bacchus, Dionysus, Weinbau, and Gamache—we have a storied history of anecdotes, characters, more than a dozen grape varietals, plus variable soils, weather challenges, and a few, ehhh, quirks.
We know where and how grapes are grown will define the final product. From our founding fathers through today, we’ve staked our lives and land on the belief that great wine starts in the vineyard.