Seven Acres of Vineyards

 
Picking season for Pinot Noir.

Picking season for Pinot Noir.

Soil

Walk to the edge of the vineyards for stunning views of Mt St Helens to the North and you’ll understand why we use the name “Gravel Mine Vineyards.”

Our vines sit atop 100 feet of Lauren Gravelly Loam soil laid down by the Missoula Floods during the last ice age.

Dry farmed

Turns out this is ideal soil for dry farming. Moisture accumulates during the wet part of the year, draining deep into the soil. Stones warm the soil during the dry season and prevent evaporation of the accumulated moisture.

Roots are forced to go deep - where moisture, nutrients and temperature remain relatively constant - as opposed to the varying conditions closer to the surface.

The vineyard in winter. Resting and storing up moisture for our hot, dry summers.

The vineyard in winter. Resting and storing up moisture for our hot, dry summers.

Cabernet Sauvignon - planted 1980.

Cabernet Sauvignon - planted 1980.

grapes to wine

“The best wines come out of that dry-farming paradigm, because people aren’t altering the grapes’ basic nature. You get amazing expression, where a vintage stands out and the soil stands out and the site stands out.”

https://modernfarmer.com/2015/12/dry-farming-wine/