We've planted 9 varieties on our vineyard. The 5 red grapes; Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot create both bold single varietal wines as well as compliment each other in our blended Bordeaux style wine. The 4 white grapes; Orange Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc are prefect for a sweet or dry wine allowing us to tailor our wine making to our customers.
FIRST HARVESTAfter planting the vines in 2012 we were able to pull our first harvest in 2014. We sold to winemakers and home winemakers in Washington and Oregon as we set our own winery in motion. Selling grapes to the home wine maker was a highlight of the year! Everyone was so enthusiastic about our grapes and what they produced from them. We knew we had started something special here in Fruitland.
OUR GRAPES NOW
Now all grapes grown here at Fruitland Valley Vineyard go directly to our winery for production. We still hand tend them, weed by machine and shovel and mow the rows weekly. They get lots of love and attention in the months of April through November. Our vines are watered with drip irrigation and monitored closely. The grapes get bird netting on them about a month before harvest as we have quite a bit of wildlife in our area such as turkeys and quail, not to mention all the other beautiful birds in our area.
LAKE ROOSEVELT TERRIOROn the cliffs of Lake Roosevelt situated at 1,400ft elevation, the vineyard is located at the base of the Fruitland Valley. Hot dry summers, cold but mild winters, and sandY loam soil gives our wine it's lighter and distinct characteristics and allow the grapes a thriving place to grow their fruit for our enjoyment.
John Schuldheisz and Kathy Benson officially planted the first vine, but friends and family were alongside the whole way. We planted our 7,000 vines in 2012 over the course of a couple weeks with all the enthusiastic helping hands!