Appellation: Yakima Valley
Planted Vineyard Acres: 200 Located along the banks of the Roza Irrigation canal near Sunnyside, Washington at 1,100 feet, Phil Church Vineyard is ideal for growing white varietals. The cool site causes these grapes to ripen later in the season, with higher natural acidity and vibrant fruit characters. It was first planted in 1979.
Varieties: Riesling, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Interesting Fact: Phil Church Vineyard is named after the vineyard co-founder and University of Washington meteorology professor who recognized the excellent vinifera grape growing potential in eastern Washington during the late 1950s. Using his analysis, the founders began experimenting with European varietals in the state, opening doors for Washington wine.