Eidolon Vineyard, Our Estate Vineyard
Planted in 1999, our 18-acre estate vineyard is located in the southeast corner of the Walla Walla Valley, in the revered cobblestones region. This ancient river bed is covered with massive basalt cobblestones, similar to the profile of vineyards in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of Southern France. The cobblestones penetrate deep into the soil profile, retaining heat during the day which they radiate back to the vines during the cooler evening hours.
We are dedicated to raising high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot through environmentally sound farming practices. Vineyard Manager Tom Waliser, who played a key role in forming VINEA, the Walla Walla Valley’s Sustainable Trust, brings vast experience and a firm belief in sustainable farming practices. He ensures that great care is taken when caring for the vineyard. Every grape is tended by hand, including crop thinning, leaf pulling and harvesting.
Sitting at a slightly higher elevation than the majority of the plots in the cobblestones protects the vineyard from freezing temperatures that could potentially wipe out an entire crop or the entire vineyard. It’s been nearly 20 years since this prized farming plot has had a documented freeze.
The cobblestones in this part of the valley provide an ideal environment for low-vigor vines that produce concentrated flavors, making Eidolon Vineyard an appealing source to draw fruit from. Charles Smith Wines has sourced Syrah for their Guido, and the Cabernet Sauvignon is a part of Drew Bledsoe’s Doubleback wine. In addition, Caleb Foster harvested Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon for Buty’s Redivia of the Stones while his own vineyard, located next to Eidolon, came online.
Summit View Vineyard
Read more tagSummit View Vineyard is one of the highest elevation vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, offering panoramic views of the entire region. The vineyard sits above Seven Hills Vineyard, providing a micro climate of warm, dry and breezy conditions for grape growing. A relatively young vineyard, having only been planted in 2009, this vineyard features a number of unique varietals for the region including Rousanne, Marsanne and Carmenere as well as standbys such as Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Candy Mountain Vineyard
Read more tagEstablished in 1998 by Tom Waliser and Premier Partners, Candy Mountain Vineyard near West Richland, Washington is in the Columbia Valley and is located on a hill adjacent to the famed Red Mountain AVA. This south facing vineyard sits at a higher elevation than Red Mountain. The soil profile is primarily sand, gravel and granitic deposits. High heat units and a very dry growing season allow Candy Mountain to consistently produce top quality fruit that provides wines produced with marked richness and extreme depth to color and aromas.
Read more tagWaliser Vineyard is an estate vineyard owned by our vineyard manager Tom Waliser. Waliser is a well-respected grower and consultant in the Walla Walla Valley who manages numerous properties throughout the region. The vineyard was established in the famed rocks region in 1997. Located in the ancient Walla Walla Riverbed on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley, this unique growing area of cobblestones, silt and sand produces grapes with earthy aromatics, strong fruit flavors and spicy undertones.