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:
Bud break comes early! Our early bud break in our Chardonnay block has been around April 4 and this year it
was over 25% open on March 28. I believe our average bud break to be about April 10, which would make us about 7 days ahead of what I would consider an early bud break and 12 days ahead of average. When the buds are open they are much more susceptible to cold. In the 21 years I have grown grapes we have never been damaged by a spring frost event. We have an excellent drainage and always ask our lord for protection. With milder than normal weather, we have continued to get our work done ahead of schedule. Pruning was completed by March 10 and taping and tying of cordons will be completed by April 7. This is also more than a week early. Watch to see how the vineyard develops this season, everything is looking to be early! See pictures of our early buds in the photo gallery.