Grapes for WILLIS HALL’s premium wines are contracted from world-class vineyards in the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills, and Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in eastern and southern Washington as well as the Dundee Hills AVA in northwestern Oregon. These vineyards include Alder Ridge Vineyards, Arianses Vineyard, Boushey Vineyards, Candy Mountain Vineyard, Celilo Vineyard, Champoux Vineyard, Chandler Reach Vineyards, Charbonneau Farms, Conner Lee Vineyard, Crawford Vineyards, Destiny Ridge Vineyard, DuBrul Vineyard, Elephant Mountain Vineyards, Elerding Vineyard, Kiona Vineyard, La Coye Vineyard, Les Collines Vineyard, Lonesome Spring Ranch, Mariposa Vineyard, Morrison Lane Vineyard, Murto Vineyard, Pepper Bridge Farms, Portteus Vineyards, Red Mountain Vineyard, Sentinel Gap Vineyard, Seven Hills Vineyard, Snipes Canyon Ranch, Stone Tree Vineyard, and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.
We are working on some really exciting sources of a selected few, very exotic varieties of grapes, too. Stay tuned for news of these developments as they become reality.
Terroir means a sense of place. Key factors in terroir include, but are not limited to, number of daylight hours, daytime and nighttime temperatures, amount of rainfall, intensity of the winds, and other weather-related aspects during the growing season; winter temperatures and weather; type, depth, and drainage of soils; vineyard altitude, directional orientation, and slope; ancillary environmental aspects such as surrounding vegetation, between-row cover crops, indigenous soil microbiological communities, and vineyard pest pressures.
A winemaker, with a vision of the desired qualities of the finished wines, and a vineyard manager, using appropriate viticultural techniques, both working in harmony with the vineyard’s terroir, are necessary elements in the growing of high-quality grapes used in the making of premium wines.