Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Mountain and the Yakima River all provide the background to this beautiful vineyard. Planted in the Spring of 2009, Corliss Vineyard is the newest addition to the Estate Vineyard Program. With more than year of planning, the vineyard was thoughtfully laid out to account for shallow soil depths, blazing
summer heat and cool fall nights. Fifty-six (56) acres were planted in the first phase with another twenty-five (25) planned in the future.
The property rests within the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area which situated on the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley. The vineyard was planted on steep and gentle slopes facing southwest and where possible, the rows were oriented on an angle to protect the grapes from the afternoon sun. Although the vines planted originate from predominantly the Bordeux Region of France (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot), we felt it was equally important to increase the vine diversity with Rhone as well (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault).
The terroir is exciting - providing basalt ladened soil and alluvium deposited thousands of years ago from the great floods—setting the stage for some fantastic fruit. This coupled with optimal growing conditions: Less than five inches of rain per year and 300 days of
sunlight. It is our vision and commitment when developing this vineyard to produce among the finest fruit grown in Washington State.
Corliss Vineyard, on Sunset Road in Benton City, Washington.