Champoux Vineyards originally began as Mercer Ranch Vineyard planted by Don and Linda Mercer in the early 70's and 80's. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Washington State. Champoux Vineyards, LLC was created in 1996 by Paul and Judy Champoux and a small group of wineries that had been customers for many years. It is now owned exclusively by the winery members, including Quilceda Creek, Woodward Canyon, Andrew Will and Powers. Paul Champoux managed the vineyard from 1989 until 2014. He greatly improved the quality of this 187 acre vineyard with his canopy management and nutritional balance turning it into one of the most highly acclaimed vineyards in the world. The fruit from this site has been used by Quilceda Creek almost exclusively for its Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley since 2001. Since then Quilceda Creek has garnered classic 96-100 point scores from the Wine Advocate, including 5 perfect 100 point scores; a true testament to what can be achieved consistently from this amazing place.
With the retirement of Paul and Judy Champoux, Dan Nickolaus became the estate's vineyard manager who will continue to farm the vineyard meticulously and with great passion in our quest to grow perfect fruit.
Champoux Vineyard lies between 600-800 feet in elevation on fine sandy loam soils allowing for great root development and extremely even vigor and is located in Alderdale, Washington, a few miles north of the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.
Champoux Vineyard gets a massive makeover
Champoux Vineyards is getting a 21 acre replant and it is all being done by hand! That is a massive effort and means digging 43,500 holes and planting 43,500 vines one at a time! And all while practicing safe social distancing. The purpose of the replant was to replace aging Muscat, Chardonnay, Lemberger, and Marquette vines with specific clones of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Champoux will now be planted to 100% red Bordeaux varietals.