Our Vineyards

Double D Vineyard
Clos Chevalle Vineyard
Rocky Reach Estates Vineyard

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.

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Double D Vineyard

At Rocky Pond
Columbia Valley AVA

Double D is our flagship vineyard and was first planted in 2013.  Gently sloping toward the Columbia River, the soils were formed from wind-deposited sand and silt overlying cobblestone gravel that was deposited by ice-aged floods over 18,000 years ago.  The stony surfaces protrude from the soils and quickly warm throughout the day.  With this ability to retain and radiate daytime heat from the cobblestone, Double D vines have the benefit of faster, and more complete, phenolic ripening.  This makes for the perfect home for our award-winning Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Mourvèdre. All our vineyards are LIVE Certified and Salmon Safe.

Our Double D Vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.
• 11 miles south of Chelan on the Columbia River
• Elevation: 700 – 900 feet
• 165 total acres

Clos Chevalle Vineyard

Lake Chelan AVA
The presence of Lake Chelan – the largest natural lake in the state – moderates weather extremes in summer and winter, giving the grapes a chance to develop evenly, with a near-ideal balance of sugars and acidity. A higher elevation, and a distinctively coarse, sandy sediment from its glacier origins, further sets Chelan apart from the other Washington AVAs. With its 1250 to 1600-foot elevation along the south shore of Lake Chelan, our Clos CheValle vineyard combines lake effect temperature controls, glacial till soil, and decade old vines to create outstanding Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, as well as the high-quality Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and also the cool-weather Syrah Rocky Pond is known for. Clos CheValle is LIVE Certified assuring you that our wines meet the highest level of environmental responsibility and sustainability.
 
Our Clos CheValle Vineyard grows Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Menunier, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah and Viognier.
• Located on the South shore of Lake Chelan • Elevation: 1,250 – 1,600 feet • 50 total acres

Rocky Reach Estates Vineyard

Orondo, WA

Our newest vineyard, Rocky Reach Estate, was first planted in 2018. The name, Rocky Reach, takes its name from the Rocky Reach Dam and the Rocky Reach Reservoir (also known as Lake Entiat).  Steamboat captains first applied the name “Rocky Reach” to the region in the late 1800s, to describe the rapids within a stretch, or “reach”, of the Columbia River.

This vineyard’s soils are in stark contrast to our Double D vineyard which is located only 8 miles upriver.  The vines grow in sandy soils (versus cobblestone) and regular afternoon winds from the Columbia River moderates the temperatures during the hot summers.  This makes for an ideal location for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Carmenere.  To date, 27.8 acres of grapes have been planted.  Rocky Pond’s winery is situated within the Rocky Reach Estate vineyard.

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