Elevation is the name of our new vineyard up the North Fork of the Walla Walla River. Elevation vineyard sits between 1500 and 1700 feet. At first we believed that the vineyard rested at 1200, which came to be an inaccurate reading we got off our GPS. Months passed before we relized our error. It’s human nature to laugh off our follies and embrace them. That being said, I think it’s important to know this new vineyard is no laughing matter. We are quite proud of this new venture.
Nestled on the South slope of a pristine river valley this vineyard is a sight to behold. Elevation was planted in 2013, with grapes expected to be under production in 2015. Nearly all the blocks are terraced. The blocks that aren’t terraced rise vertically on a 38 degree slope. The vineyard consists of silt soil and fractured basalt. Well over half the vineyard had to be jack hammered to place the vines in the ground. Many would think, is it wise to plant grapes on such rocky ground? Only time will tell but the most interesting wines are typically planted on the worst ground. Grape vines have done us a favor by making themselves most presentable in otherwise useless terrain. They take on the personality of the very environments they inhabit. If the wines are half as beautiful as its vineyard they will take your breath away.