Our wines begin their lives in the best areas of Washington. In 2007 EFESTĒ planted three vineyards owned by Kevin and Angela Taylor in Washington’s Yakima Valley AVA in order to produce estate bottlings.
The Columbia Valley is Washington’s all-encompassing region with some 11 million acres of land in all. Caliche deposits and basalt along with gingko petrified forest make up the ancient soils. The new Ancient Lakes AVA is part of this region. This higher, cooler site at over 1,300 feet in elevation allows grapes to hold onto their acidity and produces fruit true to its character.
Bacchus Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon; Evergreen Vineyard: Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc; Sagemoor Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Red Mountain is home to some of Washington’s most prestigious vineyards such as Ceil du Cheval and Klipsun. A moderately steep slope rising above the Yakima River, Red Mountain’s loamy soil is high in calcium and ripens Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone grapes such as Syrah exceptionally well.
Ceil du Cheval: Syrah; End of the Road Ranch: Syrah; Kiona Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon; Klipsun Vineyard: Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This AVA is also home to two of our estate vineyards. The Taylor Mag Vineyard utilizes a system of high-density planting and single cordon trellising, which work to create fruit with a higher flavor concentration including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Angela’s Vineyard is planted on the southwestern slope of Red Mountain with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Granache, Mourvedre, and Syrah.
The Wahluke Slope, along with Red Mountain, is among Washington’s warmest sites with heat units exceeding 3,000 year in and year out. The desert heat and abundance of water create the right conditions for large-scale production of fine wine grapes.
Stone Tree Vineyard: Mourvedre and Syrah; Weinbau Vineyard: Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Yakima Valley with its sunny slopes in the foothills provides the perfect growing conditions for producing intensely flavored, balanced and complex wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah. Long sun-drenched days and cool evenings in this desert climate yield bold, hearty, and luscious world-class wines.
Boushey: Syrah; Red Willow: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. EFESTE’s Oldfield Vineyard is planted next to Dick Boushey’s vines on a southwest slope over 1300 feet in elevation. This elevation puts it well over the height of the Missoula flood table which means that these soils are truly ancient. On this vineyard we have planted Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre.