Tertulia Cellars Estate Vineyard: Whistling Hills
Location: Walla Walla AVA in Walla Walla, Washington.
Acreage: 8 acres planted in 2006. Our first vintage to include Whistling Hills fruit was 2009.
Varietals: Syrah, Rousanne, Viognier, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Terroir: This vineyard is the backdrop of our winery. The vines are nestled in deep windblown loess soil, allowing the roots to reach deeply into the soil and pull forth tremendous nutrients. This results in elegantly balanced wines. The rows in Whistling Hills are angled at 23 degrees off North, which combined with the latitude of 46 degrees north to create perfect sun exposure. 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. This allows the grapes to retain Washington’s signature acidity.
Sustainability: Whistling Hills receives little in the way of rainfall so we utilize drip irrigation to direct the perfect amount of moisture to the vines. Our cover crops consist of sheep fescue and wheatgrass, and the row head is lined with lavender to promote biodiversity.