Warm days and cool nights provide the Yakima Valley with near-perfect growing conditions, allowing both white and red grape varietals to fully express their classic characteristics. Our award-winning wines are truly a reflection of the perfect location and climate in which they were grown. The Cascade Mountain Range provides a wonderful rain-shadow effect on our vineyard. We have warm sites averaging to 29 80-degree days with an ideal 190-day growing season and annual precipitation between six to seven inches total.
We planted our 26-acre estate, Copeland Vineyard in the spring of 2000 to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional. Copeland Vineyard is named after our great-grandmother, Gladys Copeland Schmidt, who moved to the Yakima Valley with her family in 1908. Located in the Rattlesnake Hills area of the Yakima Valley – Washington State’s oldest appellation, Copeland Vineyard provides over 90% of the grapes used to make our wines.
The “old block” at Marcela was planted to Merlot in 1997 by the Morrison family. In 2003 the plantings were expanded to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Roussanne, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Mourvedre. We began farming this 10-acre parcel in 2011. Marcela is defined by very steep southwest exposure and is a very warm-to-hot site. The Merlot is generally the first grape picked in the Zillah area. Wines from Marcela tend to be a little softer and more fruit forward than the denser Copeland wines. These varietals offer wonderful blending opportunity with the more structured Copeland vineyard wines.
Our newest vineyard, 2155 is located directly adjacent to our production facility. The site was previously home to a sweet cherry and Red Delicious apple orchard planted in 1954 and 1978 respectively. This site was planted to 15 acres of Merlot clone 15, Cabernet Sauvignon clone 8 as well as Sauvignon Blanc Gist clone in April 2013. All three clones are new to Two Mountain. We are very excited to see how they perform in the glass in our 2016 vintage. Patience Grasshopper!