Our Vineyard Sources
Abeja Estate Vineyards
Our wines are produced from a combination of estate fruit and fruit grown by long-term contract in other growing areas of Washington State.
Heather Hill is located at the south end of the Walla Walla Valley Appellation, where we believe the soil, aspect, and growing conditions will prove to be ideal for producing fruit of the highest quality. Because of its varied topography, it is, in effect, like having three unique vineyard sites that provide for diverse characteristics in chemistry, ripening, and flavor profiles. It takes a number of years for young vineyards to develop to their full potential, and at this point Heather Hill is exceeding our expectations for its evenness, expression of fruit, increasing complexity, and level of quality. We credit much of this to the sustainable farming practices that we began in 2002. The spring of 2011 saw the first release Cabernet Sauvignon with the special Heather Hill vineyard designation.
Mill Creek Vineyard
This vineyard is located on the winery property in one of the air drainages of the east side of the Walla Walla Valley. It sits at the base of the Blue Mountains at an elevation of 1300 feet and has temperature fluctuations of 40+ degrees between day and night. This proximity to the Blue Mountains, makes it a much cooler site than those on the south side of the Valley, providing a site that is quite different from Heather Hill and well suited for varietals other than Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah and Viognier were planted in 2000. Merlot and Chardonnay were planted in 2006.
Abeja is an original member of Vinea, The Winegrower's Sustainable Trust.
Through Vinea, our vineyards were certified LIVE and Salmon Safe from 2008 through 2012. The LIVE and Salmon Safe Certification defines sustainable agriculture as: "A third party-certified system of farming practices that encourages responsible stewardship of soil health, fertility, and stability; supports and builds plant, animal, and soil diversity; utilizes preventive plant protection; and minimizes toxic inputs to decrease negative impacts on the land and the community for the health of future generations. An increase in fruit quality is an additional and wonderful consequence."
Although our certification has expired, we continue to follow, as closely as possible, the guidelines and spirit of the program. It is in our best interest to take care of these plots of earth, which provide our livelihood, as well as the greater Earth which is home to so many forms of life.
Columbia Valley Vineyards
We also work, on a long-term basis, with a handful of growers in the Columbia Valley who share our passion for quality, innovation, and the land. The diversity of varied growing areas is valuable to us as are these long-term relationships, which allow us to work closely with the grower to accomplish our goals in the vineyard. These include Sagemoor's Bacchus, Dionysus, and Weinbau; Celilo Vineyard; and Conner Lee Vineyard.