California Wine, Columbia Valley
About Desert Wind Wines
Desert Wind wines are handcrafted using small lots of fruit and extended barrel aging to create unique and personal wines.
Situated on 540 acres in Washington's Columbia Valley in a dry region east of the Cascade Range, the Desert Wind Vineyard endures a climate that is extreme. The typical Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc demand these fierce summer conditions. They require long hours of sunlight as well as intense heat to ripen sufficiently. Summer temperatures often reach 110°F and winter days may be as cold as 14°F. With an annual rainfall of only 7"-8", the vines require irrigation during the hot summer months. The soil is rocky and shallow with excellent drainage.