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:
At 1am on Aug 17th Pablo, foreman and employee for 37 years, 2 Pellenc harvest operators, 3 tractor gondola operators, Macauley, and I gathered for coffee, safety review, prayer and the beginning of our 17th Coyote Canyon Vineyard Harvest.
By 3am with a few belt tightening’s and small harvester adjustments we had completed our 1st semi load of grapes, Gewurtraminer, followed by 2 loads of Pinot Gris. The Earliest harvest on record has officially began. On Aug 18th Coyote Canyon Winery harvested its 1st grapes Albarino for its Sparkling Wine.
The week continued with harvest of Chardonnay grapes. The 1st merlot was harvested for North Star on Aug 28th and Aug 29th and Primitvo for Angel Vine and Prosser Vineyard and Winery. By Aug. 31st and Sept 1 Merlot and Chardonnay were in full Swing.
On Sept. 1 we harvested 1/3 of Coyote Canyon Winery grapes including all Albarino, Merlot and a large portion of our primitive, Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Graciano. Wow! Never before and probably never again will such a vast variety of grapes be harvested in one day. Justin is loving it!
On August 29th our vineyard had accumulated 2,936 growing degree compared to 2,641 on the same date in 2014. A difference of 11% or about 14 days. This is a record since Coyote Canyon was started 21 years ago. Will it be in the next decade?