Tertulia Cellars Estate Vineyard: Riviere Galets
Location: Walla Walla AVA in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.
Acreage: 12 acres planted in 2009
Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon
Terroir: The vineyard is situated Valley on an ancient dried up riverbed where the Missoula floods came through Walla Walla. Round stones litter the subsoil and surface, ranging from 150-300 feet in depth, absorbing heat during the day and radiating it out during the night. This creates ripe concentrated fruit that makes for wonderfully complex wines. With latitude of 46 degrees North, our vines are sun drenched during the summer, receiving over 17 hours of light during the peak part of the growing season. During the latter days of ripening we experience warm days and cool nights in our vineyard allowing the grapes to retain Washington’s signature acidity. The area is fairly windy which help us manage mildew and disease.
Sustainability: Riviere Galets receives little in the way of rainfall so we utilize drip irrigation to direct the perfect amount of moisture to the vines. As the vineyard matures we will continue to introduce mustard, wildflower and other vegetation to help promote beneficial insects.