Walla Walla Valley

5 acres sourced

Why we love it

Francisca's Vineyard is a truly boutique vineyard and a labor of love which began in 2001, with the purpose of keeping the owners physically fit, working outdoors, and able to enjoy a rewarding lifestyle. The owners do the majority of work themselves and the vineyard is LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe Certified. To be sustainable, they focus on the health and structure of the soils, managing irrigation, and obtaining uniformity throughout the vineyard.

Grapes we source

Chardonnay, Viognier

Notes on Terroir

At the foot of the Blue Mountains, 950 feet in elevation, the vineyard consists of soft rolling landscape with good sun exposure, irrigation water, and soil made up of a combination of several feet loess over layers of glacial materials. When they were preparing the soil for the vineyard, they uncovered a big boulder of Montana granite that was transported in a large chunk of ice and deposited when the ice melted during the Montana Flood thorusands of years ago.

Francisca strives to grow the best grapes by improving soil biology and structure, with the goal of developing long-term soil sustainability. To improve the soil, they annually add solid and liquid compost, minerals, seaweed and sugars to serve as fuel for the bacteria. They use their tractor as little as possible so as to not compact the ground. They seeded a special grass cover between the rows to prevent erosion. They are excited to see the positive results of their treatments with an increase in beneficial insects, lots of worms in the soil and no erosion problems.
Marie-eve Gilla
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