Candy Mountain Vineyard

Candy Mountain Vineyard, planted in 1998, is owned by Premier Columbia Partners and managed by renowned viticulturist, Tom Waliser.

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Adjacent to Red Mountain, Candy Mountain is south-facing with a gentle 5% slope. The soil is almost all blow sand, typical for this area, and has been enriched with an abundance of nutrients needed for a healthy vineyard. The original 30 acres were planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. We use all three varietals in our Columbia Valley wine program. The dry growing conditions and high heat units produce wines similar in style to Red Mountain, rich in extraction with ripe fruit flavors and robust tannins. Candy Mountain Vineyard, planted in 1998, is owned by Premier Columbia Partners and managed by renowned viticulturist, Tom Waliser.

Year planted: 1998

Acres: 30

AVA: Columbia Valley

Grapes produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Soils: Blow sand and loess on top of fractured basalt

Weather: Hot, dry, windy (similar to Red Mountain)

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Columbia Valley

The largest appellation in eastern Washington is the Columbia Valley. It consists of land comprising the river drainage of the Columbia River, including the Yakima, Snake, and Walla Walla Rivers. In the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia Valley is dry, sunny, and warm.

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