Estate Wine from Washington's Horse Heaven Hills
At McKinley Springs Winery, we’re committed to crafting wines of exceptional balance, flavor and value. Our estate wines come from our 2000 acre vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, an area acclaimed for its fine wines and unique location. The Horse Heaven Hills is bordered in the north by the Yakima hill, to the south by the Columbia River, and surrounded by the larger Columbia Valley appellation. The winds from the Columbia River protect against vine diseases and provide a cooling effect that concentrates fruit flavors, while the south facing slopes provide optimum growing conditions.
Since we own our vineyards, this gives us more quality control over the growing and production aspects of the business. We first planted in 1980 and today have over 200 different blocks of vineyards, the majority of which are on south-facing slopes ranging from 800 to 1200 feet. The soils are silt loam with a deep layer of broken basalt which controls water by absorbing excess moisture. There is granite rock throughout due to the Missoula glacial floods, which washed in rock from Montana during the last ice age.
We grow more than 20 different grape varieties and specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Barbera, Chenin Blanc and Viognier. The arid conditions, winds and combination of cool winters and warm summers with extended sunlight hours lend a perfect climate for growing grapes.
Rob Andrews, our Grower, is continually searching for ways to improve the quality of our grapes. Interestingly, one of the original plantings from 1980, Cabernet Sauvignon, is still farmed.