Pasco, Washington State
Planted in the mid 80's by Jeff Gordon of Gordon Estate Winery, Kamiak Vineyard has a unique volcanic soil breakdown that includes basalt, sandy loam, clay loam and gravelly loam.
The vineyard is south-facing and is perched 620 feet above sea-level along the Snake River. The vineyard has excellent air drainage and benefits from the river’s moderating influence. Temperatures during the growing season can fluctuate from 95 degrees Fahrenheit the day to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night, enabling the grapes to develop high acids and high sugar levels.
All of the Gordon Estate vines grow on their own rootstock and typical vine spacing is 6’ by 10’, and are trained with vertical shoot positioning.
Vineyard Manager Marc Nelson manages 100 acres on Kamiak vineyard planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer, with small experimental lots set aside for Tempranillo and Malbec in the Columbia Valley AVA of Washington State.