OUR RATTLESNAKE HILLS VINEYARDS
Bonair Winery farms 40 acres of estate vineyards
in the Rattlesnake Hills of the Yakima Valley to ensure the quality of the grapes
that go into make our wine. The Château Puryear Vineyard
is located on the south end of Bonair Road and the Morrison
Vineyard is located on the north end of Bonair Road.
Château Puryear Vineyard is our home vineyard. It
was first planted in 1980 to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and
Riesling. It has since been expanded to include Pinot
Noir, Touriga, Gewurztraminer, Petite Verdot, Merlot, Malbec,
and Cabernet Franc.
The vineyards are
located at an elevation of 900 feet on the bench lands of the
Rattlesnake Hills on the rich Warden Soils, highly prized for
apple and cherry production in the past. This area has only
recently become available for premium wine grape production with
the demise of the apple industry.
The Warden Soils were
formed about 13,000 to 20,000 years ago on lake deposits left by
the Missoula Floods. They have since been covered by a
fine silty loam. These soils are alkaline and rich in
lime. They naturally limit production to less than four
tons per acre.
Morrison Vineyard was planted by Joe and Sid Morrison in
1968. It is the oldest vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills.
We purchased the vineyard in 2001.
Originally, it was
planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. Future plans
call for planting all five Bordeaux varieties.
Located at 1200 feet
elevation, above the level of the Missoula Floods, it is
on the Harwood, Burke, Wiehl silty loams. The Ellensburg
formation, a remnant of the ancient Yakima River, forms the
cobbly base for this soil. Naturally low in nutrient,
these vineyard struggle to produce three tons to the acre.
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