Founded in 1968 through the vision of Alec Bayless, Sagemoor Vineyards was a pioneering effort that helped establish the Washington State wine industry. Its early vineyards are among the oldest large-scale plantings of vinifera grapes in the State. Rick began using Sagemoor fruit in his home winemaking days and we continue to use it today. A significant number of 1972 plantings are still producing highly acclaimed "old vines" Cabernet Sauvignons, one of which is Woodward Canyon's, sourced from specific rows in Blocks 3 and 9.
Typically, our "Old Vines" is composed of fruit from Champoux and Sagemoor Vineyards. We also use Sagemoor fruit in our "Artist Series" Cabernet. Sagemoor is located north of Pasco on southwest facing hillsides with dramatic views of the Columbia River below.
The winery actively participates in viticultural decision-making within our blocks. Precision farming techniques such as vigor mapping, Regulated Deficit Irrigation, soil profiling, micro nutrient analysis and “green harvest” thinning are applied to manage yields, balance canopy with crop load, optimize sun exposure and ensure consistent high quality fruit.