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.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Cabernet Sauvignon - Clone #8
Petit Verdot - FPS #2
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.
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
SOIL TYPE: Royal fine sandy loam soil, 2-10% slope Sagehill very fine sandy loam with 10-15% slope
TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)
FARMED BY: Miguel Contreras
YEAR PLANTED: 1973
SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainably farmed, Integrated Pest Management, Vine Wise Management
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