The following is an excerpt from an article in the June-July issue of Vineyard Winery Management magazine.
Since Gary Figgins and his family planted the first modern-day grape- vines in the Walla Walla Valley at Leonetti Cellar in 1977, the region has been a crucial part of Washington state’s wine identity. However, the knock on Walla Walla, for many years, was it was home to numerous wineries and tasting rooms (cur- rently more than 120) but few vineyards. Decades later, while many local wineries still source fruit from throughout the larger Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley is flour- ishing as a grapegrowing region, with sev- eral new areas being explored to broaden its offerings and impact.
SeVein Project will double acreage
By far the most significant vineyard proj- ect in Walla Walla Valley is SeVein Vine- yards. Located in the southern section of the valley, above highly regarded Seven Hills Vineyard, the property is a stagger- ing 2,700 acres in size, of which, 1,527 acres have water rights. When all of that land is under vine, SeVein will account for more than half of the planted acreage in the valley, which currently stands at 2,800. A thousand acres of the property have already been sold, and approximately one- third of that is currently under vine.
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