History & Geography
Winemaking stints in the Rheingau region of Germany and North America over a 19 year period enabled Ray to select the perfect terroir needed to grow superb quality wine grapes. Together, Ray and Athena established their vineyard and winery in the high desert Lake Chelan basin which is found in north central Washington State. The soils are like no other in the Pacific Northwest. Formed 9,000 years ago during the last ice age, deep-rich ground containing silty-sandy loam and glacial rubble provide the nutrients needed for grapevines to flourish. Our estate vineyard named Purtteman is somewhat bowl shaped with the east side missing. Vines are planted on south, southwest and northeast facing slopes. A stingy 12 inches (30cm) of precipitation fall annually. Our site elevation lies between 1,600 feet (488m) and 1,850 feet (564m) above sea level.