Hightower Cellars sources fruit from a variety of carefully chosen, skillfully managed vineyards in the Red Mountain and Walla Walla Valley appellations. The combination of warm and moderate climates of the respective sites lend to the elegant complexity of Hightower wines.
Estate Vineyard - Red Mountain AVA
In 2005 we finished planting 10 acres of vineyard: 6 acres planted with 5 clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 1/2 acres planted with 4 clones of Merlot and 1/2 acres of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc – with all of the plant material certified to be free of diseases and pests. Our vineyard rows are canted eleven degrees off of north south. This orientation more evenly balances the sun exposure on each side of the vine row, increasing the exposure on the east and decreasing it on the west.
Mother Block - Red Mountain AVA
Jackie Hightower, Tim's mom, moved to Red Mountain shortly after we did. She, being a big fan of Syrah, decided she would plant a couple acres of Syrah with just enough Viognier to allow a Cote Rotie style co-fermentation. We affectionately call her vineyard Mother Block. We basically used the same philosophy of row orientation and spacing as our estate vineyard.
Artz and E & E Shaw Vineyards- Red Mountain AVA
Artz Vineyard produces dark, intense, minerally, masculine fruit while the grapes from E & E Shaw Vineyard contain more floral and feminine characteristics. Both vineyards lend intense color, concentrated dark fruit and tannin structure to Hightower wines. Most of Red Mountain is covered by Worden Silt Loam. This soil type retains very little moisture and contains little organic material, both causing the grapes to struggle tremendously. This struggle, channels the vine's energy where it needs to be -- in the berries. Red Mountain is one of the warmest sites in Washington and receives an average of 6 inches rainfall per year.
Pepper Bridge - Walla Walla Valley AVA
One of the most famous & highly relied-upon vineyards in Washington State, Pepper Bridge is located in the Walla Walla Valley Appellation. Trained on the Scott Henry and Smart-Dyson trellising systems, the vineyard uses revolutionary technology for its weather-tracking and irrigation systems. Pepper Bridge is made up of Walla Walla Silt Loam - wind-blown glacial Loess with about 1/3 sand content. This vineyard produces grapes with bright cherry flavors and contributes voluptuous nuances to the Hightower Pepper Bridge Vineyard Merlot.