Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One of World's Most Amazing Vineyards #4 Ancient Lakes

Massive silt-filled flooding and raw scrapping by the Pacific Northwest's mightiest river, the Columbia, describes the geological history of one of Washington States newer AVAs, the Ancient Lakes. 

Cave B Estate Vineyards:     About 100 acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sangiovese, Barbera, and Tempranillo make up the Cave B Estate Vineyards some 900 feet above the massive Columbia River. Although humans have lived along the river for more than 10,000 years, modern engineering in the 19th and 20th centuries has dramatically altered the Columbia to that point that some scientists believe that today the river is environmentally threatened.

A quick peek at photographs of the region instantly reveal the AVA's tormented geology located smack in the middle of the state having the second most vineyard land in the USA.

Instead of just one, lets feel the hot dry Autumn air at two Ancient Lakes AVA's vineyards: Cave B Estate Winery and White Heron Cellars.

Cave B Estate Vineyards:      Cave B Winery and Resort are about 20 minutes south of Quincy, Washington. The Columbia flows some 1,200 miles, from the base of the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon.
Cave B Estate Vineyards:      At Cave B, the red grape varieties are planted closest to the river, while Germanic white varieties are planted a mile to the east, where a shorter growing season, and slightly cooler temperatures prevail.
White Heron Cellars:    Smack in the middle of Washington State, the White Heron Cellars' vineyard and winery site overlook the powerful geology-carving Columbia River and in the distance, the undulating foothills of the Cascade Range. Estate varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Syrah, Rousanne and Viognier.
White Heron Cellars:      The White Heron Cellars' vineyard address is part of the tiny, nearly ghost town of Trinidad, between Quincy and Wenatchee, above the the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia, as it gouges through the center of Washington State.

All images copyright ©Janis Miglavs 2015

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