Red Willow Vineyard is a fourth generation family farm that dates back to the 1920's. Mike and Karen Sauer, sons Jonathan and Daniel, and son-in-law Rick Willsey, manage the vineyards. The family spends some of their favorite time away from the farm at their cabin in Grayland.
Red Willow is one of the top vineyards in the nation. This is where we harvest Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Gewurztraminer.
“In farming there is no substitute for the soil, water, and hard work. Inherently, the nature of farming brings a spiritual dimension to our efforts. There is a connection of past, present, and future generations. For us wine brings the soil, the site, the season, and the efforts of many people together into a single vintage. Later that vintage becomes a cherished memory of that year."
Discovery Vineyard was first planted in 2005 by Kay and Milo May. Paul Champoux, another of the top grape growers in Washington, was the consultant on this immaculate property.
Westport, along with a handful of other boutique wineries, harvests Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah from this award-winning vineyard.
We travel through Portland, up The Gorge and across the Columbia River into Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills AVA.
“The critics will someday critique what my winemakers and I have accomplished with our partnership in that bottle of wine. My management decisions are made with my vines in mind. What is best for them, balance-wise. Leaf surface to the amount of fruit, water applied compared to heat units, nutritional balance and the timing of all vineyard practices that will produce a well balanced grape that will be made into a well balanced, elegant wine.”
We harvest Petite Sirah (also known as Durif) and Chardonnay at Olsen. Their viticulture portfolio features nineteen varietals of wine grapes on 1500 acres with over another 1500 acres of tree fruit and blueberries.
We deliver our half-ton totes to the vineyards throughout the summer in preparation for each year’s harvest in the fall.
We use a 20-foot custom-designed cargo trailer to haul up to five tons of grapes per trip. The tonnage at each vineyard varies so some trips may hold as little as one ton.
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”
Sugarloaf Vineyard is situated on high southwest facing slopes in the western most section of the Rattlesnake Hills AVA near Zillah.
Established and planted in 2005 by Joe Hattrup, this unique vineyard's site features hillside contours and a variety of soil structures that are perfect for growing award-winning wine grapes.
We harvest Pinot Gris, Malbec, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah at this young, yet highly-acclaimed vineyard.
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
Elephant Mountain Vineyard is located just south of Moxee, at a high elevation in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA.
This 120 acre vineyard was planted in 1998 by Joe Hattrup. One of its most special features is that it offers more than thirty frost-free days on average than other vineyards within the Columbia Valley AVA.
We harvest Cabernet Sauvignon, Mouvedre, Riesling and Syrah at what is considered one of the top five vineyards in Washington State.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
In 2018 Westport Winery got the call they had hoped to receive for many years. Klipsun Vineyard, ranked one of the top 25 vineyards in the world, had fruit available.
Kim Roberts had served on the Washington Wine Commission with Klipsun founder Patricia Gelles (along with her husband David). At the time the two had discussed grape availability but no action was taken.
The 120-acre estate on Red Mountain was purchased in 2017 by the Terlato Wine Group. They hired Andrew Schultz as a consultant. He had been the vineyard manager at Hattrup Farms where he and Dana Roberts became friends who stayed connected after Andrew left Hattrup.
Westport harvested Cabernet Sauvignon at Klipsun in 2018. This high end fruit is part of their new ultra premium barrel select, vineyard designate program.
"Klipsun Vineyards is the source of some of the most coveted fruit in the state and Red Mountain is an area of Washington we've always admired."
Kitara Vineyard is just outside of Canby, Oregon. This is where we harvest some of our Gewurztraminer from vines we gave them when we pulled out our vineyards. The choice to produce Oregon wine allowed us to open a tasting room there in 2016.
The famous Willamette Valley features cool wet winters and arid summers. Large diurnal temperature swings in the summer offer the grapes an opportunity to develop deeper flavor and greater complexity with natural acidity.
Certified both Salmon Safe and Live, the grapes from this farm are both unique and sustainable.
"I think everyone born in Oregon is an environmentalist by birth."