Toasting WSU Viticulture & Enology winegrape donors, October 2015

With the 2015 harvest season coming to a close, the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program is raising our glasses to the generous vineyard owners who have donated grapes for research at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center.

Klipsun Vineyards

Klipsun_logo_smallLocated on Red Mountain, Klipsun Vineyards is a 120-acre estate founded in 1982 where Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon and Nebbiolo grapes are grown.

Varieties donated: Malbec, Merlot

Research projects:  Utilization of malic acid as an alternative acid for adjustment for musts with low acid concentration; evaluation of nitrogen additions to low nitrogen must

Contacts: Jim Harbertson 509-372-7506, Richard Larsen

Newhouse Family Vineyards

newhouse-logoLocated on Snipes Mountain, Washington’s second smallest American Viticultural Area (AVA) at 4,145 acres, Newhouse Family Vineyards grows Aligote, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Syrah grapes.

Varieties donated: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Research projects: Comparing viticultural impacts of early season leaf removal by hand and mechanical methods; evaluating wine quality and sensory attributes of these viticultural practices

Contacts: Michelle Moyer 509-786-9234, Jim Harbertson

Oasis Vineyard


Located in Prosser, grape varieties grown at Oasis Vineyard include Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese.

Variety donated: Riesling

Research project: Evaluating wine quality and sensory attributes of Riesling clones

Contacts: Jim Harbertson 509-372-7506, Thomas Henick-Kling


SagemoorLogoFounded in 1968, Sagemoor is four vineyards encompassing 900 acres. Sagemoor Farms, Bacchus and Dionysus Vineyards are located north of Tri-Cities in the Columbia Valley AVA; Weinbau Vineyard is located in Mattawa on the Wahluke Slope.

Variety donated: Riesling from Weinbau Vineyard

Research project: Evaluating wine quality and sensory attributes of Riesling clones

Contacts: Jim Harbertson 509-372-7506, Thomas Henick-Kling

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

SWMElogoPlanted in 1972 in the Columbia Valley, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard grows Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Riesling grapes.

Varieties donated: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

Research projects: Impacts of cultivar and grape ripening on color and tannin development in grapes and wine; impacts of hand pruning versus mechanized pruning and thinning on grape and wine composition

Contact: Jim Harbertson 509-372-7506

At the Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Estate Vineyard near Paterson, grape varieties grown include Chenin blanc and Sauvignon blanc.

Varieties donated: Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah

Research projects: White grape irrigation scheduling and deficit irrigation; mechanized production of red grapes

Contacts: Markus Keller 509-786-9370, Jim Harbertson


LEARN MORE >> Explore Washington’s diverse vineyards on the Washington State Wine website.

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