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.
WHY WE LOVE IT
VARIETALS SOURCED: Viognier
CLONES: Clone #1
ROOTSTOCK: Own rooted
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
EXPOSURE: At the foot of the Blue Mountains, soft rolling landscape
SOIL TYPE: Loess over layer of glacial materials
TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning VSP)
FARMED BY: Francisca van Heezik & Tim Rogan
YEAR PLANTED: 2001
SUSTAINABILITY: Salmon Safe & LIVE Certified
OUR FRANCISCA'S VINEYARD WINES
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