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

Rain
Sunday 03/24/2019 100%
Rain
A steady rain this morning. Showers continuing this afternoon. High 57F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Overcast
Monday 03/25/2019 10%
Overcast
Cloudy skies. High 57F. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Tuesday 03/26/2019 0%
Clear
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 59F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Overcast
Wednesday 03/27/2019 20%
Overcast
Cloudy. High 59F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
Overcast
Thursday 03/28/2019 20%
Overcast
Cloudy. High 59F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Clear
Friday 03/29/2019 10%
Clear
A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 61F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 03/30/2019 20%
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 64F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

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