DIONYSUS VINEYARD

Columbia Valley

The soils at Dionysus are varied, adding complexity to any wines coming from this great site. Dionysus has a secure water source thanks to the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. The vineyard uses advanced drip irrigation, with sprinklers used for frost control, cooling, and occasional irrigation driven by soil moisture monitoring. 

GRAPE STATS

VARIETALS SOURCED: 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

CLONES:

Cabernet Sauvignon - Clone #8

Petit Verdot - FPS #2

ROOTSTOCK: 

Own rooted

WHY WE LOVE IT

Planted in 1988, Dionysus has some of the oldest vines in Washington State. These old vines benefit from an established root system, regulating vigor and allowing the vines to consistently produce rich, dense and generous grapes. Our rows follow the slope towards the southwest, almost 45 degrees off due north, which allows for nearly perfect sun exposure while minimizing over-ripening. As the sun lowers down in the evenings, both sides of the canopy receive evening sun, giving incredible evenness and consistency.

VINEYARD STATS
OUR DIONYSUS VINEYARD WINES

TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 345

ACRES SOURCED: 1.25

POSITIONING: 45 degrees off due North (SW)

EXPOSURE: Overlooks Columbia River and 

Rattlesnake Mountains

ELEVATION: 600'-900'

SOIL TYPE: Royal fine sandy loam soil, 2-10% slope Sagehill very fine sandy loam with 10-15% slope

TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)

IRRIGATED: Yes

FARMED BY: Miguel Contreras

YEAR PLANTED: 1973

SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainably farmed, Integrated Pest Management, Vine Wise Management

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CABERNET
SAUVIGNON

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Sourced from some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Washington State this site has become known for producing some of the state's best Cabernet Sauvignon wines, including our flagship Anvil by Forgeron Cabernet Sauvignon. I love visiting Dionysus because it is located right on the Columbia River and truly might be one of the prettiest vineyards I have seen.

Cody Janett, Winemaker