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Lake Wallula Vineyards

Lake Wallula Vineyards

Lake Wallula Vineyards sits on a small, geologically carved plateau 50 vertical feet above the mighty Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The site is located 20 miles upriver of McNary Dam on the Lake Wallula reservoir. The vast river extends nearly 1 mile in width, one of the widest points on the Columbia River's 1,210 mile journey to the Pacific Ocean. The large body of water acts both as a moderator in the summer months and massive insulator during the cold winter months, making this site a frost free location. Due to the low elevation and close proximity to the river, Lake Wallula Vineyards is one of the warmest sites in Washington State. The south facing exposure absorbs over 300 days of sunlight per year and average Growing Degree Days (GDD) exceeding 3300 heat units per growing season. The shallow loess soils are supported by underlying broken basalt and river rock from the Missoula Floods. Coupled with surrounding basalt lined cliffs to the north, the radiant heat promotes precocious bud break in the spring and prolonged hang time into the fall. High heat accumulation during the summer days increases sugar development, while the cool nights (up to 40 degree diurnal shifts) aide in slowing the ripening process, retaining acid levels and enhancing color development. Irrigation is all drip applied and pumped directly from the Columbia River. This clean, pH neutral water promotes ideal soil biology for nutrient uptake by the vines. This site is planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, with diligently chosen clones on a high density (6x4 spacing, 1815 vines per acre) vineyard design. Meticulous viticulture practices focused on soil building, vine health and crop load balance are the sole farming of this site.






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