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Chateau Ste. Michelle's Cold Creek Vineyard Marks 40th Anniversary

Oct 03, 2013

This harvest marks the 40th anniversary of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyard, one of the oldest and most iconic vineyards in Washington state. When the vineyard was planted in 1973, it helped establish Washington as a major American grape growing region and remains one of the highest quality vineyard sites in the state.

“The vineyard started out as a big hayfield,” says Kevin Corliss, VP of Vineyards for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “When Ste. Michelle Vintners planted the original 500 acres in 1973, it doubled the size of wine grapes in Washington.”

The 811-acre vineyard is located in a remote, arid and desolate area of Eastern Washington, 38 miles east of Yakima and south of the Columbia River and the Wahluke Slope. The site is one of the warmest and driest in Washington’s Columbia Valley, receiving just five inches of rain a year. The heat, gravely soils and old vines result in wines known for their concentration and intense flavors.

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