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Horse Heaven Hills AVA

The Horse Heaven Hills appellation is located in south-central Washington along the Washington-Oregon border. The area takes its name from an early pioneer who said, upon seeing the region and its wide prairies and expanses, ‘‘Surely this is Horse Heaven!”

The Horse Heaven Hills is 570,000 acres (230,671 ha) in size, with elevations ranging from 200 feet above sea level along the Columbia River to 1,800 feet at the northern boundary.

Double Canyon Vineyard

Owner/Manager: Will Beightol

Double Canyon Vineyard encompasses 90 acres of estate vines located in the heart of Horse Heaven Hills, just six miles from the Columbia River. While Double Canyon’s latitude is similar to that of Bordeaux, the landscape here is not; our desert terrain is characterized by low rainfall, sandy loam soils, tumbleweeds and sagebrush.

Situated roughly in the footprint of the original crop circles that preceded the vines, Double Canyon Vineyard is planted densely at about 1,850 plants per acre—double the norm in Washington— in order to crowd the space and achieve less fruit per plant. Producing less fruit increases overall quality, as all of the plant’s resources are concentrated into fewer clusters. Long sunny days set in contrast to cool evening temperatures resulting from the proximity to the Columbia River create optimal conditions for the diverse clonal selections of Bordeaux varietals and Syrah that grow here. The result is exceptionally high quality fruit from which we create wines that capture the distinctive terroir traits of the appellation.

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