The Best Wines Begin with the Best Grapes
Alder Ridge Vineyard
Alder Ridge is one of Washington’s largest and most spectacular vineyards. A 1,200-acre site, with 814 planted acres overlooking the Columbia River, the location provides a splendid grape-growing environment, as well as a picturesque setting.
The vineyard encompasses a range of gentle to steep slopes that provide excellent air, drainage, and sun exposure. Its proximity to the Columbia River moderates extreme winter temperatures. The result is a temperate climate and volcanic and silt-loam soils that are ideal for a wide range of wine grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
A parcel of land next to the Columbia River is reserved for experimentation with varieties such as Viognier, Barbera, Zinfandel, Mourvedre and Roussanne.
Located near Benton City in lower Yakima Valley, Oasis Vineyard is farmed by the Roy family – veteran farmers whose French ancestors moved to the Yakima Valley to grow hops. Some of the Oasis plantings – notably the Chardonnay and Riesling - are 20 to 25 years old, and they produce lovely, perfumed wines. Oasis is the source of Covey Run’s fabulous Columbia Valley Reserve Late Harvest Riesling.
Newer plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah situated on an especially warm, rocky site, all show great promise.