12 million years ago, a powerful river of lava carved what is today known alternately as Canoe Ridge or a bit of “Europe on the Columbia”.
Above: Video of vineyard Manager Mimi Nye touring the vineyard and sharing what makes it a world class vineyard.
The ancient lava followed the Columbia River and left huge layers of basalt behind. Deep, free-draining soils sit on top of the basalt, deposited by great floods from the last Ice Age 13,000 years ago. Young vines in search of water and nutrients easily establish deep root systems here.
The vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate was planted on the south face of the ridge that rises 950 feet above sea level. The steep slope and the vineyard’s proximity to the river, along with blusterywind patterns, combine to alleviate frost pockets and seasonal temperature extremes. Because winters are milder than other parts of the valley, spring bud break is earlier. In the summer, the river moderates temperatures again, giving us an extended growing season and adding character to the grapes.
The winery at Canoe Ridge Estate is open for tastings seasonally. Great for experiencing the breathtaking views and the dedication of our red wine team
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