Terra Blanca Vintners, located on nationally recognized Red Mountain, is one of Washington's newest producers. The Red Mountain area is generally regarded as one of the finest red grape producing regions In the state. The areas sandy loam soils, warmer micro-climate and day to night temperature variations of 30 to 40 degrees result in vinifera grapes displaying power, balance and structure.

Terra Blanca began 5 years ago as the vision of owner/winemaker Keith Pilgrim. Having studied at University of California - Davis in enology, viticulture and geology back in the 80's, Keith spent over ten years gathering information on vineyard sites up and down the West coast. Drawing upon his combined geology/winemaking background, Keith searched to identify vineyard sites best suited to the varietals he was most interested in growing. After much exploring and tasting he settled on the Southwestern slope of Red Mountain, located at the Southernmost end of the Yakima valley. Three hundred acres were purchased and the first 50 acres planted

The name Terra Blanca, Latin for white earth, is named for the high calcium carbonate content that whitens soils of our Red Mountain vineyard and helps produce the incredible depth and structure in the grapes. The first grapes were harvested from our estate vineyard in 1997. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah all displayed immense concentration and structure for such young vines. Plans are to continue developing the remaining acreage over the next 5 - 10 years. A portion of this development will be dedicated to the cultivation and identification of other varieties and clones that might prosper in the Eastern Washington climate.

The winemaking philosophy at Terra Blanca is fairly simple... Start with high quality grapes, treat gently, ferment utilizing multiple yeasts, allow for solids contact to develop flavor profiles and finally rack, fine and filter only as necessary. Allow the grapes to express their terrior without inundating with excessive new oak. The resulting wines exhibit balance, depth, complexity and structure.

Terra Blanca Vintners / 34714 North Demoss Road / Benton City, Washington  99320 / 509-588-6082

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