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Woodward Canyon Winery

Vineyards

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It All Starts in the Vineyard

Marginal fruit, even in the hands of the most adept winemaker, can only make wines of middling quality. Along with our 42-acre Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, we source fruit from a handful of well-established Washington state growers whose grapes have proven over the course of the years to provide the best possible material for winemaking that we can procure. Please read on to learn more about our esteemed vineyard relationships.

 

Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard

Established: 1976
Aspect: North-South
Slope: Up to 15-18% in places
Acreage: 42 
Elevation: 750-850 ft.
Appellation: Walla Walla valley AVA
Location: West most vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, AVA located on family land in Lowden WA, 15 miles west of Walla Walla. 
Soils: Ritzville silt loam over fractured basalt
Ownership / Management: Woodward Canyon Winery

The Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard was established in 1976, on what was the Small family's 3rd generation dryland wheat farm. Woodward Canyon is the western most vineyard in Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla Washington. The Vineyard rests within a 320 acre farmstead containing 42 vineyard acres planted and several more acres of green belts supporting native species such as western juniper, ponderosa pine, western sage brush, arrow leaf balsam root, and perennial wildflowers. 

 

Champoux Vineyard

Established: 1972
Aspect: South East 
Slope: 3%
Acreage: 187
Elevation: 680 ft.
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Location: Near Alderdale, WA, not far from the Columbia River
Soils: Malaga gravelly fine sandy loam - glacial outwash; warden silt loam - loess over lacustrine deposits; Sagehill fine sandy loam - lacustrine deposits with a mantle of loess
Ownership: Partners consisting of Woodward Canyon Winery, Andrew Will Winery, Powers Winery, Quilceda Creek Winery
Management: Dan Nickolaus

Champoux was founded in 1972 by Dan Mercer and originally called Mercer Ranch Vineyards until purchased by Paul and Judy Champoux. Champoux Vineyard is located in Prosser Washington within the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The original Cabernet Sauvignon plantings of the famed "Block One" are regarded as being among the oldest and finest in Washington State and are one of the key components of our “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996 Woodward Canyon and fellow Washington State producers Powers Winery, Quilceda Creek Winery and Andrew Will Winery invested with Paul and Judy to purchase from Mercers. 

 

Sagemoor Vineyard

Established: 1972
Aspect: Southwest 
Slope: 4.5%
Acreage: 97
Elevation: 572 ft. 
Appellation: Columbia Valley AVA
Location: Near Pasco, WA above the Colombia River
Soils: Quncey loamy fine sand - mixed eolian Sands; Ottmar silt loam - loess and alluvium over residuum weathered from sandstone, siltstone or shale; Royal loamy fine sand - sandy alluvium
Ownership / Management: One of the five Sagemoor Vineyard properties

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 our highly acclaimed "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from specific rows in Blocks 3 and 9.

 

Celilo Vineyard

Established: 1972
Aspect: South-East
Slope:
Acreage: 71
Elevation: 800-1200 ft.
Appellation: Columbia Gorge AVA
Location: Underwood Mountain above the Columbia River just outside of White Salmon, WA
Soils:
Ownership: Corliss Estates 
Management: Washington Vineyards

The Celilo Vineyard’s location is considered sub-alpine, sitting on the cusp of a wetter maritime climate to the west and the high desert to the east. Soils from the extinct volcanic cone of Underwood Mountain are deep and retain moisture well, allowing the vines to survive without irrigation. The vines’ deep roots bring concentration and minerality to the wine, and the high levels of natural acidity bring balance to the wines. Celilo Vineyard produces amazing Wente Clone Chardonnay that goes into our Washington State Chardonnay.

 

Weinbau Vineyard

Established: 1981
Aspect: South
Slope: 2-5% 
Acreage: 460
Elevation: 830 ft.
Appellation: Wahluke Slope AVA 
Location: 12 miles east of Mattawa, WA, a very level and consistent vineyard, defined as "rangeland"
Soils: Kennewick silt loam - Lacustrine deposited, Taunton silt loam - Alluvial and wind-blown loess
Ownership / Management: One of the five Sagemoor Vineyard properties

Weinbau has a view of the Rattlesnake Mountains to the south, and the Saddle Mountains to the north. The land slopes gently south, with elevation ranging from 710-950 feet. Weinbau is a warm site with excellent air drainage, and soil is dominated by Kennewick silt loam with 2-5% slope. The consistency of soil type shows up in vine growth and subsequently in the wines.