Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla AVA
Named the "2015 Vineyard of the Year" by Seattle Magazine, Les Collines Vineyard is managed by Shane McKibben. Les Collines, French for "the hills," is situated on the East side of the Walla Walla AVA in Washington along the Oregon border. Located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, it is one of the higher vineyards in the valley at an average elevation of 1380. Strolling through this 240 acre vineyard at sunrise, one can see over the entire valley of wheat fields and vineyards. The sloped property allows drainage of cold air during the spring and fall when vines are most vulnerable. Cool nights at this elevation help preserve acidity and minimal rainfall during the growing season allows precise water management for maximal fruit aromatic development. Shane is one of the valley leaders in minimal input farming with his own composting operation and extensive use of compost tea. It is internationally certified for Sustainable Farming by the IOBC and is certified as a Salmon Safe Vineyard. It has its own state certified nursery for experiments with and propagation of clones.
Our relationship with Shane dates back to our beginning endeavors when he allowed us to pick 200 pounds of Cabernet Sauvignon that started our adventure in 2008. The following year, our 1/2 ton of Cabernet Sauvignon lead to a gold medal at the largest amateur wine competition in the world. We have produced many Gold medal wines from this vineyard.
Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Semillon, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo.
Seven Hills Vineyard
One of the first vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, Seven Hills Vineyard was first planted in 1980 by Norm McKibben and later expanded into the current 200 acres. This iconic vineyard, located 5 miles south of the border in Oregon, produces fruit for some of the best wines ever made in the Northwest and helped set the quality standard for Walla Walla Valley AVA wines. Managed by Sadie Drury, the vineyard uses vertical shoot positioning with intense hand work during the growing season and high-tech irrigation management to produce the high quality fruit. Â Especially known for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, twelve other varietals are grown with great success.
Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Grenache, Mourvedre
Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mountain AVA
Upland Vineyards is located within the Snipes Mountain American Viticulture Area in the heart of the Yakima Valley. Farming wine grapes since 1968, four generations of the Newhouse family have helped maintain the Upland legacy, which started over 90 years ago. Originally planted by William B. Bridgman in 1917, Snipes Mountain is widely considered the birthplace of Washington Wine. Today, the location of oldest continuous producing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Washington, that original vineyard is still bearing fruit and the vine’s longevity is a testament to the favorable weather conditions bestowed upon the mountain. Viticulturist Todd Newhouse is deeply involved in the Washington wine industry. He is currently the Chairman of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. With slopes facing in all four cardinal directions and an elevation that ranges from 750 to 1300 feet, Upland is able to grow a wide range of wine grapes in some of the oldest and most diverse soils in Washington. Our highly-sought Rhône varietals are planted on a particularly steep and rocky slope reminiscent of the Rhône Valley. With over 35 varieties of vinifera, Upland Vineyard’s grapes find their way into bottles of wine from over 20 different wineries.
We first met Todd in 2010 on our quest for Grenache and Mourvèdre that lead from Woodinville to Grandview, Washington. We have been in love with his Grenache since the first harvest (that ended with 2 Gold Medals for that vintage).
Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah.
Stone Tree Vineyard
In the heart of the Wahluke Slope at the highest elevation on the Saddle Mountains sits Stone Tree Vineyard. At about 1000 feet of elevation and named after the frequently found petrified wood from a Sequoia forest that existed 5-20 million years ago, the 257-acre vineyard is co-owned and managed by Tedd Wildman. As one of the top vineyards in the state, the fruit is much coveted by many well-known wineries. Prior to purchasing and planting 15 different varieties on this parcel of land in 2000, Tedd was a vineyard consultant for 15 years for in the state of Washington. Thoughout that time, he kept his eye on the Wahluke slope as the best place for wine grapes. With low rainfall and higher elevation, the vines are protected from early and late frosts allowing a long growing season for many of the Bordeaux and Rhone varietals we love.
Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Tempranillo
Coyote Canyon Vineyards
Coyote Canyon Vineyard is located about 20 miles south of Prosser, Washington. Located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, third-generation farmer Mike Andrews and his father Bob before him raised cattle on the family farm before turning to crops in 1982. The cattle were replaced with crops such as watermelon, corn, asparagus, and peas before planting the first wine grapes in 1995. Established in 2005, the Horse Heaven Hills AVA is known as one of the areas warmer growing regions. With elevation that varies from 200-1800 feet, three different soil types, low rainfall and a long growing season, this region produces some of the most highly coveted wine grapes in the state. Today Mike, Bob, and oldest son Jeff grow more than 1100 acres of wine grapes, including 25 different varieties.
Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Syrah
Boushey Vineyards, owned by Richard and Luanne Boushey, are located in the Yakima Valley five miles north of the town of Grandview on the southern slopes of the Rattlesnake Mountains.
The vineyards are planted on several sites within a two mile radius; generally south facing slopes varying from 700 to 1200 ft. elevation. The first blocks of grapes were planted in 1980 and the youngest were recently planted in 2003.
Dicks philosophy of grape growing is to compliment mother nature. Occasionally he tries to fool her into thinking she is in control but most of time it is the other way around.
Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Marsanne and Malbec