Rocky Pond Estate Winery sources fruit from our three, L.I.V.E Certified/Salmon Safe vineyards located in Washington’s Columbia Valley region.
Vinifera grapes have been grown in Washington State since the 1800’s, but Washington State is a a relatively young wine region. Despite that, Washington State has become the nation’s second largest wine producer and its wineries are consistently ranked among the world’s top wine regions.
What makes Washington so unique is the magnificent Cascade Mountain range which creates a rain-shadow effect in the eastern side of the state. Most people don’t know that the terroir of the Columbia Valley is high desert—that means, you will experience long sunny days and cool nights. The difference between the daytime highs and the nighttime lows is referred to as a diurnal shift. The temperature change can be as much as 40 degrees! This allows our estate grown grapes to naturally lock in acidity to show that bright, fruit forward characteristic. Yet, unlike typical desert conditions, Washington has the mighty Columbia River to source its irrigation.
Fun fact: The winery itself takes its name from the tumbled granite stones found at the Double D Vineyard site, which were used to line the 1.2 million gallon irrigation pond at its heart.
Rocky Pond is the first winery to earn all three LIVE, Salmon Safe and Sustainable WA certifications!