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  • Canoe Ridge Vineyard

    Walla Walla, WA

    Founded in 1994 in Walla Walla, Canoe Ridge Vineyard has established an iconic reputation for sourcing wines directly from the estate vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Led by winemaker Bill Murray, the winery is focused on Bordeaux varietal production with emphasis on Merlot. A majority of the cooperage is French oak to add soft toasted notes as the wines age. The wines are made with structure and softness.

     

    • Crush capacity: 1,200 tons
    • Total production capability: 70,000 cases
    • Barrel capacity: 3,000
    • Fermentation tanks: various, ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 gallons
    • Presses: Europress EHP 5000 & Diemme Press AR80 MS-C
    • Bottling line: Multi-functional premium line with 65 bottle/minute ability

    Unique production tools:

    • Cross Flow filtration for more gentle and efficient wine filtration
    • Automated barrel racking station allows for efficient and thorough racking and sanitation
    • Centrifuge equipment to remove solids quickly from wines

    Best Practices used to achieve consistent quality:

    • General sanitation practices allow us to maintain the cleanest wineries in Washington
    • World class bottling QC program that standardizes our sanitation, start-up, production standard checks, and shut down procedures

    Technology:

    • State-of-the-art lab that includes equipment (alcoholizer, spectrometer, etc). This allows us to run tests ourselves and get results right away rather than having to send samples out, allowing our winemaking team to react quickly and maximize wine quality
    • Orion Wine Software allows our winemaking team to issue and track work orders efficiently and to ensure that additions, wine movement, and blending are accurate

    Long-term plans to continue improving quality:

    • Continue to develop and implement best farming practices at the Estate vineyard
    • Continued collaborative efforts with growers in the Horse Heaven Hills and Wine Growers Association • Dedication to continued industry research & development

    Strengths of your production team:

    • Experienced and talented winemaking team led by Bill Murray