The land selected for our C R Sandidge estate vineyard is literally a masterstroke from God. Slope, the various soil types present and elevation were all taken into consideration prior to selecting the grape varieties to plant on each specific location on the property. The property is located between 1,600 and 1,850 feet above sea level. It is shaped like a half amphitheater. Two-thirds of the site slopes to the southwest whereby the remaining property slopes upward facing to the northeast. The entire west side of the property rises upwards to a flat bench which belongs to our cherry growing neighbors. The entire east side of the property dives off into a deep canyon which is home to the area’s diverse wildlife.
After much deliberation, it was decided to plant approximately 5 ½ acres to the red grape varieties of; Tannat, Malbec, Merlot and Dolcetto. The remaining ¾ acre was planted to Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Approximately 2 acres of land will be used for our winery – tasting room facility and grounds. The remaining 5 ½ acres will remain in its natural state – unspoiled. The water used to irrigate the vineyard is supplied by the pristine Lake Chelan.
On a side note, the site selected for our winery and vineyard was never farmed using lead, arsenic or DDT chemicals. Absolutely no heavy metal contamination has been found in the ground water and soil tests conducted by independent laboratories.