A new structure was added in 2003 to allow the processing and bottling of up to 5000 cases per year. In addition to the Pinot Noir grape production from its vineyard, Challenger Ridge Vineyard and Cellars is presently contracting a few acres of grapes in the Yakima, Red Mountain, Rattle Snake Hills Appellations.The winery is currently producing Viognier, Liberty Bell Blend, Mystic White Blend, Savant Red Blend , Mystic Red Blend, Rhone Blend, Temperanillo, Malbec, Cabernet - Malbec, Cabernet, Eagle Fesival Red, Camilla Red, Thornwood Reserve Red, and Pinot Noir.The new red vintages are usually released in the Fall while the white vintages are released in the Spring. Our Harvest & Crush party crowns our growing season the second weekend in October. Join our wine club so you get our award winning wines delivered to your home every quarter, and enjoy discounts and events especially for our wine club members.
We are exited that our white wines from our New Wine Maker Robert Smasne are now available and are already winning awards. The first red wines will be released December 2012.
Challenger Ridge is one of Washingtons largest and Preimer Pinot Noir vineyard.
The vineyard is made up of four parcels planted with Pinot Noir. The parcels total 13 acres and are separated by Challenger Road and Highway 20. The first parcel (2.9 acres) located on the upper west side was planted in early 2000 and gave some grapes in 2002 but produced significantly more in 2003. The second parcel (3.8 acres) was planted on the east side in 2002, the third (3.8 acres) to the south of Challenger Road and north of Highway 20, and finally the fourth parcel (2.5 acres) was planted in 2005 with the remainder planted in the Spring of 2009. We are growing four different Clones of Pinot Noir. Clone #777, #667, #115 & #828. This area receives on average 2050 growing degree days which is ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The vineyard's soil is from the Kline series. It is very gravelly sandy loam, deep, and excessively drained on alluvial fans. The vineyard drains so well naturally that very little fungicide is necessary and no major fungi have been found to this date. Among its equipment, the vineyard uses a very special plough that works between the vines, thus avoiding the use of major herbicides.