Upland

Upland

The Upland Vineyard is an old treasure in a very young wine region. In 1913, William B. Bridgman began planting grapes on Snipes Mountain, a 1,300’ upthrust in the middle of the Columbia Valley that was named for Ben Snipes, a cattle rancher who lived there in the 1850s. The first vines Bridgman planted were table grapes, but three years later in 1917, Bridgman planted European wine grapes, including Zinfandel, Semillon, Muscat of Alexandria, Sauvignon Blanc and Carignan, in what is now Upland Vineyard. In 1972, the Newhouse family purchased the sprawling 1000+ acre vineyard and have continued Bridgeman’s dream of creating a world-class vineyard.

In early 2017, we were in search of a special vineyard to continue our Chenin Blanc program. At that time, we we were lucky enough to be introduced to fourth-generation farmer Todd Newhouse. We walked the rows of giant Chenin vines planted in 1979 and were immediately smitten not only with the vines but also the diversity of soils in the vineyard. This variance was caused by a massive tectonic shift that brought the valley floor to the top of the ridgeline, creating a honeycomb of basalt and cobblestones amidst the ubiquitous loess topsoil that covers the Columbia Valley.

 

Weather at the Vineyard

Winter Weather Advisory

Issued:
7:33 AM PST on December 11, 2018
Expires:
12:00 PM PST on December 11, 2018
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 12/11/2018 40%
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers this afternoon. Some mixed winter precipitation possible. High 47F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 12/12/2018 0%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 49F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 12/13/2018 10%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 49F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 12/14/2018 0%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. High around 45F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 12/15/2018 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High around 45F. Winds light and variable.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 12/16/2018 60%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with showers. High 42F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
Chance of Rain
Monday 12/17/2018 30%
Chance of Rain
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning giving way to a few showers during the afternoon. High 47F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.

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