Alder Ridge Vineyard
Situated 15 miles west of the small town of Patterson, Washington, Alder Ridge is set atop a series of arid, sparsely vegetated ridges that shoot up nearly 1000 feet at their highest point above the great river below. It's a little piece of heaven. The view is breathtaking - the bounty, endless. This hot landscape receives just 5 inches of rain each year, on average, and it's precisely this climate and the steep, south-facing slopes that make Alder Ridge the perfect spot for growing high quality wine grapes. The region received Horse Heaven Hills AVA certification in August 2005 and is now one of the most prestigious grape growing regions in Washington State.
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Horse Heaven Hills is a 570,000-acre stretch of land located in South Central Washington state along the Columbia River, surrounding the town of Paterson. The AVA was established in Aug. 2005. Unique features:
Precipitation: Average of nine inches annually, usually during dormancy; very limited irrigation prevents vine canopy growth and results in well-balanced grape characteristics
Topography: Mostly south-facing sloped, well-drained sandy soils dotted with dry plains, lending optimal sun exposure for ripening and protective air drainage, ideal in winter months.
Temperature: Warmer growing season fully matures grapes earlier in the harvest season (decreasing the risk of fall frost).
Wind: Brisk wind patterns are stronger than most of the Columbia Valley, contributing to less canopy and more sun exposure that helps with ripening while naturally preventing pests.
Major HHH Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.
Other Wineries in the HHH: Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Champoux, McKinley Springs, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, and Mercer Estates.