FRANCISCA'S VINEYARD

Walla Walla Valley

At the foot of the Blue Mountains, 950 feet in elevation, the vineyard consists of soft rolling landscape with good sun exposure, irrigation water, and soil made up of a combination of several feet loess over layers of glacial materials. When they were preparing the soil for the vineyard, they uncovered a big boulder of Montana granite that was transported in a large chunk of ice and deposited when the ice melted during the Montana Flood thousands of years ago.

GRAPE STATS
WHY WE LOVE IT

VARIETALS SOURCED:  Viognier

CLONES: Clone #1

ROOTSTOCK: Own rooted

VINEYARD STATS

Francisca's Vineyard is a boutique vineyard and a labor of love which began in 2001, with the purpose of keeping the owners physically fit, working outdoors, and able to enjoy a rewarding lifestyle. The owners do the majority of work themselves and the vineyard is LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe Certified. To be sustainable, they focus on the health and structure of the soils, managing irrigation, and obtaining uniformity throughout the vineyard.

TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 7

ACRES SOURCED: 1.5

POSITIONING: North-South

EXPOSURE: At the foot of the Blue Mountains, soft rolling landscape

ELEVATION: 950'

SOIL TYPE: Loess over layer of glacial materials

TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning VSP)

IRRIGATED: Yes

FARMED BY: Francisca van Heezik & Tim Rogan

YEAR PLANTED: 2001

SUSTAINABILITY: Salmon Safe & LIVE Certified

OUR FRANCISCA'S VINEYARD WINES
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VIOGNIER

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Farmed with passion, thought, and care by Francisca and Tim, we struck gold by sourcing our Viognier from this amazing vineyard. Viognier is notoriously difficult to farm and requires a lot of crop thinning in order to produce a balanced wine. Without the commitment of Francisca and Tim this amazing expression of Viognier wine wouldn't be possible.

Cody Janett, Winemaker