About Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest and most popular winery in Washington. The winery was established in 1912 to break the stereotype that the best wines could be crafted only in Italy or California. It was during this year that the winery’s first vines were cultivated on the estate owned by the affluent businessman from Seattle, Frederick Stimson.
The award-winning wines crafted at Ste. Michelle are made from grapes sourced from vineyards of excellent terroir, located at Columbia Valley. Cold Creek, Horse Heaven and Canoe Ridge are the three vineyards of this region.
Columbia Valley – Here, the Ste. Michelle Wine brand owns a massive lot of 3500 acres, where the purest and most authentic grapes are cultivated. The marine climate with the Cascade Mountains at the backdrop, limited rainfall and the process of vines being cultivated on their own rootstock help in preserving the natural taste of the grapes grown here.
Cold Creek Vineyard – This vineyard was planted in 1972 and is considered as one of the most ancient wineries in Washington. The climate here is very warm as the Columbia River doesn’t provide any cooling effect. This results in the unique flavour of the grapes that are grown here. The loamy sand of this vineyard makes it easy to grow varietals such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Canoe Ridge Estate – The cobblestone-rich deep sandy loam soil of this estate, along with the warm temperature, covers 559 acres of excellent quality of vines. This area is known for its strong wind patterns. Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown here.
Horse Heaven Vineyard – With the Horse Heaven Hills and the Columbia River forming the perfect backdrop, this is a beautiful estate with very little rainfall throughout the year. The silt-loam and sandy soil make it ideal for cultivating Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc.