173.43 +/- Acres Wahluke Slope Estate Vineyards
Wahluke Slope AVA is located in south central Washington bordered by the Columbia River, Saddle Mountains and Hanford Reach National Monument, all centered around the community of Mattawa. There is a long history of grape growing in Mattawa. The desert heat and abundance of water create excellent conditions for wine grapes.
One of the warmest regions in Washington, with heat units consistently exceeding 3000, Wahluke Slope is known primarily for red grape varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Other varietals grown include Riesling, Chardonnay, and Chenin Blanc. Wines tend to be full-bodied and ripe with pure flavor.
The distinguishing feature of Wahluke Slope AVA is its uniformity in soil type and climate. This, along with the proximity to the Columbia River, helps minimize the risk of frost. Topsoil is deep wind blown sand which provides ample drainage for vines. Precipitation averages less than 6 inches annually. Called watering place by Native Americans, irrigation is required.
Top wine-makers consider Wahluke Slope the backbone of the Washington wine industry. They rely on its grapes to provide big flavors and structure for their wines.
It’s not surprising vineyards in this area have created wines with high accolades. Wine Enthusiast awarded a 100 point rating to a wine. Wine Spectator named a wine from Wahluke Slope “Wine of the Year” in 2009. The consistency of soil type shows up in the vine growth and subsequently in the wines.
Wahluke Slope Estate Vineyards consists of two parcels which together total 173.43 +/- acres of mature vineyards. Parcel one, 133.43 +/- acres planted in early 1980, with additional planting in 2000 plus 10 acres of new planting in 2015. Parcel two, 40 +/- acres with 15 acres planted in early 2000’s and 25 acres planted in 2015. Row spacing 8 to 9 feet, 4 foot plant spacing and gravel vineyard roads. Vineyards elevations range from 568 to 948 feet, feature drip irrigation and receive water from the Federal Columbia Basin Irrigation Project and a State approved agricultural well. Both secure and clean water sources.
Please contact CEO and Designated Managing Broker Ben Sinner, 509-524-0400, for additional information and your tour of these wonderful vineyards.