The Benches

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Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills

Planted Vineyard Acres: 675

Year Planted: 2009 Established in 1997, Precept Wine is a partner in this world class vineyard. Formerly known as Wallula Vineyards, The Benches are located 20 minutes southeast of Pasco on the Washington side of the Columbia River. A dramatic series of tiered benches lead down to a glistening river, creating the most picturesque vineyard in the state.

Planted Varities: The Benches at different elevations provide for unique micro climates and match the perfect grape variety to the perfect climate. The vineyard is divided into more than 60 blocks producing more than 15 different grape varieties. At the top are the cooler white varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Midway are the warmer climate grapes including Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. At the lowest and hottest levels are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Malbec. Other more exotic varieties (Sangiovese, Mourvedre, etc.) are planted in small quantities on various slopes of the vineyard.

Topography: This vineyard has 27 geologically formed benches created nearly 20,000 years ago by the Great Missoula Floods. These benches start at an elevation of 1,400 feet and step all the way down to the shore of the Columbia River.

Soil: Sandy loam.

Interesting Fact: Also a vital source to Long Shadows wines and many of the state’s most respected boutique wineries, each year Precept Wine sources more than half of the fruit grown on this stunning vineyard for its wines.