Located in the heart of Horse Heaven Hills just six miles from the Columbia River, Double Canyon Vineyard’s latitude is similar to that of Bordeaux. What’s different, however, is the desert landscape, defined by low rainfall, sandy loam soils, tumbleweeds and sagebrush.
Planted roughly in the shape of the original crop circles that preceded the vines, Double Canyon Vineyard sits on Circle 66, 67 and 68. Various clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah grow across its 84 acres. The vines are planted densely, at about 1,850 plants per acre—double the norm in Washington— in order to crowd the space and achieve less fruit per plant. Having less fruit increases overall quality as all of the plant’s energy is focused on fewer clusters.