Red Mountain - USA, Washington
The Red Mountain Viticultural Area is one of Washington's most well-defined and distinctive viticultural areas where good air, drainage and light soils encourage the vines to seek nutrients via deep roots. Visit Red Mountain's Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard where geologist, owner and winemaker, Keith Pilgrim carefully selected this land on the edge of the Red Mountain American Viticultural Areas. In 1993 the first estate vines were planted. High levels of calcium carbonate dropped off thousands of years ago in the soils of Terra Blanca's Red Mountain Estate Vineyard have proven to be an invaluable asset to the quality of their wines. Stroll along cobbled walkways past meticulously landscaped courtyards and savor the regional varietals from this increasingly notable viticultural land or take a tour of the winery's expanded cave system. You can also visit he Hedges Family Estate, a grand French-style chateau built on the slopes of Red Mountain overlooking Yakima Valley. The Hedges have concentrated their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the concept of terroir since their first vintage in 1987. With family roots in the Champagne region of France, it was only natural that a French-style chateau would be built amongst their vines.