5 acres sourced
We love this somewhat undiscovered location just northeast of Walla Walla. Owned and operated by the Minnicks, who are 5th generation farmers, this vineyard epitomizes what Marie-Eve searches for when sourcing from vineyards. It is a reasonable size, which allows the owners to really understand and care for each row and each varietal. It is Certified Salmon-Safe and management deploys sustainable weed and pest reduction, adhering to LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) certification requirements.
The south-facing slope, at 1150 ft elevation, is higher than most vineyards in Walla Walla, and perfectly suited to soaking up the warm sun while simultaneously drawing a welcoming breeze that creates good air circulation through the vines. The soils are a sought-after combination of Mt. Mazama volcanic ash content, with windblown loess; this provides deep, extremely well-drained soils. The good drainage means we don't have to worry so much about early frost and this allows for longer hang-time in the fall, giving the grapes time to fully ripen. The vines here are healthy and vigorous; important so that the full canopy can protect the grapes from the scalding Eastern Washington sun, again allowing for slow, even ripening.