JMST Vineyard Vineyard Facts Clone: 6 or 15? Soil: ~50% Ritzville Silt Loam, 50% Willis Silt Loam Elevation: 1675 ft. – 1755 ft. Slope: East Heat Units: ~3352 (Base 50; 9 Year Average) AVA: Columbia Valley
Vineyard Comparisons Columbia CrestCanoe RidgeHeilyJMST Varity:Chardonnay Year Planted: Density: Training System:2X Unilateral UnilateralBilateral & Unilateral Trellis System:3 Wire Vert. 2 Wire Vert.VSP Irrigation :Drip Clone :6?6 or 15?6?6 or 15? Soil:Quincy Sandy Loam Silt Loam, LoamSilt Loam Elevation (ft) : Slope:South East Heat Units: ~ 1942~ 3352 AVA:HHH Columbia Valley
Conclusions In my experience, no one site has been found to be the perfect Washington State sparkling wine site. Sparkling wine grapes can be grown for quality on a wide variety of soil types and site situations, and can thrive under various climatic conditions. An intimate understanding of your site, and working closely with your winemaker on their specifications are the two most important attributes of a great sparkling wine grape grower.
Growing Considerations Understand your site: soil, heat units, topography and orientation, pest pressure….. Work closely with winemaking staff: understand winery goals for your site and know how your grapes are expected to complement the overall blend. Understand that quality grapes are needed for quality sparkling wine.
Growing Considerations Even though quality sparkling grapes can be produced in a wide variety of situations, a grower is going to need to adapt their management practices to their particular site. Crop Load Canopy
Growing Considerations Fruit Exposure Clones??? Do what you love and love what you do; there is no substitute for passion.
Special Thanks….. Jennifer Herrmann – Lead Viticulturist, SMWE Rick Casqueiro – Winemaker, Domaine Ste. Michelle Michel Salgues – Sparkling Wine Consultant
Contact Information Derek Way – Vineyard Manager, Sagemoor Vineyards Phone: (509)