Coyote Canyon Vineyards is located in the Horse Heaven Hills, a newer AVA that sits high above the Yakima Valley/Prosser to the North and the majestic Columbia River to the South. As Washington State’s seventh AVA, Horse Heaven Hills is only the second Washington State AVA selection created due to “specific terroir and climate." Horse Heaven Hills AVA covers over 570,000 acres of seemingly endless grass lands, wheat farms and vineyards. The vineyard provides fruit for many award winning wines including Northstar, Columbia Crest and many others.
The partners of Coyote Canyon Vineyard relentlessly strive to grow world-class wine grapes. Our grapes are consistently used by nearly 30 of the Northwest's top wineries to produce some of the best, and highest rated, wines in the world. We proudly grow 25 varieties of grapes on our 1125-acre vineyard. Our largest contract is with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. The majority of the grapes provided go to Columbia Crest Winery, but we also contract with nearly 30 other Northwest Wineries. We are proud to have so many supporting and faithful partners in the industry. Coyote Canyon Vineyard pledges to both winemakers and consumers to continue to produce complex, world-class wine grapes.
“You can make bad wine from good grapes, but you can’t make good wine from bad grapes. And you have great grapes, my friend.” Gino Cuneo, Gino Cuneo Cellars
A note from Mike:
The vineyard continues to be developing about 10 days earlier than an average year. We got an unusual amount of rain last week, 1.4 “. This is promoting growth. Bloom is nearing completion and the grape berries are already starting to size up, nearly BB size in Chardonnay. Today June 1, 2015 we started our 1stday of hand leafing. We want to get that canopy open quickly to help with air circulation in the canopy to cut down on potential mildew and allow sun into the canopy for development of fruit flavors.
Shoot thinning was completed on Friday May 29th. We started lifting catch wires on the east side of the canopy on May 27th, the 1st to be lifted were Albarino, Nebbiolo, Syrah, and now Chardonnay.