Stoney Vine

"The Rocks" at Stoney Vine Vineyard.

Stoney Vine Vineyard in “The Rocks District”

In 2012, W.T. Vintners formed a new partnership with Stoney Vine Vineyard in one of the world’s most unique vineyard areas, the Walla Walla Valley’s sub-region known as “The Rocks District.” Unlike the dominant soils of Washington’s flood affected vine growing areas, the soils from “The Rocks District” are an ancient alluvial fan of river tumbled basalt cobblestones formed by the Walla Walla river. “The Rocks District” area shares its soil structure with only a couple very rare and special regions, evoking visions of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in France’s Southern Rhone Valley or New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay sub-region known as the “Gimblett Gravels.” While Chateauneuf’s famous “galet roulés” are just surface stones, the Walla Walla Rocks are deep, well over 200 feet in some spots.

The lower hanging fruit benefits from the radiant heat being absorbed by the cobblestones throughout the sunny days. More importantly, the heat that is absorbed by day continues warming the root system and assisting in ripening well into the night. The resulting flavors from the region are decidedly very different from anywhere else in Washington. Flavors and aromas of wild game, earth and deep heady fruits pervade the wines made from fruit grown in this small area, regardless of varietal. It is truly a special place and worthy of the critical honors the region’s wines continue to garner each year.

Weather at the Vineyard

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Sunday 01/20/2019 100%
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Periods of rain. Temps nearly steady in the upper 30s. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
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Monday 01/21/2019 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 42F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Tuesday 01/22/2019 50%
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Cloudy with occasional showers for the afternoon. High 44F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of Rain
Wednesday 01/23/2019 50%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. High 51F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
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Thursday 01/24/2019 10%
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Partly cloudy. High around 50F. Winds light and variable.
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Friday 01/25/2019 0%
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Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. High 49F. Winds light and variable.
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Saturday 01/26/2019 0%
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Partly cloudy skies. High 48F. Winds light and variable.

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