AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
Manager: Andy DenHoed
Established in 1997, The Benches (formerly Wallula Vineyards) is owned and controlled by a group of Long Shadows investors, including founder Allen Shoup, to insure long term sourcing of top quality grapes for the Long Shadows wines. The Benches are located 20 minutes southeast of Pasco on the Washington side of the Columbia River. As the name implies, this vineyard has twenty-seven geologically formed benches created twenty-thousand years ago by the Great Missoula Floods (the greatest known documented natural catastrophe in world history). These benches start at an elevation of 1400 feet and step down 1000 feet to the shore of the Columbia River.
The many benches at different elevations provide for unique micro climates and allow us to match the perfect grape variety to the perfect climate. The vineyard consists of 750 acres which are divided into more than 60 blocks producing 15 different grape varieties. At the top are the cooler white varieties like Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Midway are the warmer climate grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. At the lowest and hottest levels are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec. Other more exotic varieties like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Dolcetto, and Barbera are planted in small quantities on various slopes of the vineyard.
All of the vineyards use sustainable farming practices with 150 acres farmed biodynamically.
AVA: Columbia Valley
Owner: Sagemoor Group
Manager: Kent Waliser
Sagemoor is the name used to include four partnerships that are managed by one management group for the 70 partners that make up the individual companies. Sagemoor Farms (1968), Bacchus (1972), Dionysus (1973) and Weinbau (1981) are the names of the individual companies.
Sagemoor Farm is located on a southwest facing slope 10 miles Northwest of Pasco, WA adjacent to the Columbia River. In 1972, Sagemoor planted 85 acres of grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, White Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and an experimental block. Additionally, Bacchus Vineyard planted 195 acres of wine grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, White Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. To this day some of these original plantings are producing high quality, highly sought after grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and White Riesling date back to these original plantings. The sloping land facing the western sky provides a warm site with excellent air drainage. Many of the original plantings have never frozen back to the ground despite several killing winter freezes that Washington has come to expect.
Precision farming techniques such as vigor mapping, soil profiling, micro nutrient analysis and green harvest thinning are applied to manage yields, balance canopy with crop load, optimize sun exposure and ensure consistent quality fruit.
AVA: Columbia Valley
Owners: Bill & Marilyn Conner, Jeanne Marie Lee, Jack & Marion Sullivan
Manager: Thorsen Bookwalter and Associates, Inc.
Onsite Manager: David Ayala
Beginning in the mid 1980s, Bill Conner's and Rhoady Lee's goal was clear: establish their vineyard as one of the best in Washington State. The spirit and vision of the founders never wavered, and despite multiple winter injuries and spring frosts, with their undying efforts they persevered and are now widely accepted to be among the top ten Washington State vineyards of all time.
Located in Othello, WA in the Columbia Valley, the first of Conner Lee's 152 acres were planted in 1987. It's rectangular shaped vineyards have a gentle, sloping elevation of between 1164' and 1085' that are surrounded by center pivot irrigated row-crop farms. With it's lighter, sandy soil and somewhat cooler climate, it is an ideal location to produce Merlot grapes used in Long Shadows' Pedestal Merlot.
AVA: Yakima Valley
Owner/Manager: Dick Boushey
Dick Boushey has been a great ambassador for Washington State Syrah. Not only was he one of the first to plant Syrah (and Sangiovese) in the Yakima Valley in the early 1990’s, but his grapes are responsible for several of the most highly acclaimed wines in the state.
Located on the outskirts of Grandview, this cooler climate site contributes Syrah (planted in 1997) for Sequel and Sangiovese (planted in 1993) for Saggi.
The elevation at the top of Boushey vineyard is 1,400 feet with soil consisting of silt loam, windblown loess and deposits from the Missoula floods on top of fractured basalt. Mild temperatures and layered soils add a great phenolic ripeness due to longer hang times. The wines made from these grapes are well balanced (lower alcohol, better acidity) and offer a very pure expression fruit.
AVA: Wahluke Slope
Owner/Manager: Tedd Wildman
Tedd has been one of the most influential viticulturists in Washington State since the early 90’s. It is with his expertise that he carefully selected the site on the Wahluke Slope which he developed in 2000. It was called StoneTree Vineyard, due to the petrified wood found there. Among the 250 acres planted, Tedd has nurtured as many as 26 different varieties and clones. As a result of his attention to detail, StoneTree grapes are now highly sought after for their concentration of flavors and tannin maturity.
The Wahluke Slope is located north of Pasco on the south slope of the Saddle Mountains. StoneTree Vineyard is characterized by a relief of 320 feet, the top of the vineyard being at 1250 feet above sea level. Fractured basalt is overlaid by sandy silt loam soils, and the site receives only 6” of rain a year. The naturally low vigor of the site, due in part to the shallow soils, allows Tedd to grow varieties like Petit Verdot (Chester-Kidder), Cabernet Sauvignon clone 2 and clone 8 (Pirouette) and some incredible Syrah (Sequel). Also planted at StoneTree are Grenache, Zinfandel, Primitivo, Tempranillo, Viognier, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Cinsault, Merlot, and Barbera.
AVA: Columbia Valley
Owner: Premier Partners
Manager: Tom Waliser
Tom Waliser and Premier Partners established this vineyard near West Richland in 1998 on a hill next to the Red Mountain AVA. They planted Sangiovese (some of it contracted for Saggi), Cabernet Sauvignon (Feather and Chester-Kidder), Syrah (Sequel and Chester-Kidder) and Merlot (Pedestal). Premier Partners is an agricultural company which acquired Pepper Bridge Vineyard in 1997 from Norm McKibben, and owns several vinifera vineyards and orchards in California and throughout the country.
Candy Mountain is south facing and sits at a higher elevation than Red Mountain. The soil is composed primarily of sand, gravel and granitic deposits, and is rich in calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Due to high heat units and a very dry growing season, Candy Mountain Vineyard consistently produces top quality fruit that provide the wines with wonderful richness and depth in their aromas and color.
AVA: Red Mountain
Owner/Manager: Larry Pearson
This vineyard is located on Red Mountain at the north end of Sunset Road with a beautiful view of the Yakima Valley.
“Quality wines start in the vineyard”, is Larry’s mindset. Tapteil Vineyard focuses on viticultural practices and techniques affecting grape quality—including canopy management (training, pruning and thinning) as well as water and pest management. Established in 1985, this 25-acre vineyard specializes in producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes.
Michel Rolland selected this site for the concentration of color and structure in the Cabernet Sauvignon that comes from this site. The annual yields are only 2 tons per acre therefore resulting in optimal fruit maturation and added richness in the mouthfeel.