Elephant Mountain Vineyards, owned by Joe Hattrup, are situated on a unique site located high on the southern slopes of the Rattlesnake Ridge at the base of Elephant Mountain, near the center of the new Rattlesnake Hills Appellation in the greater Yakima Valley Appellation.
The vineyard sits on a series of gentle, southern-facing slopes at elevations from 1320 to 1460 ft. The vineyard is located above the irrigated portion of the Yakima Valley and is surrounded by dry land shrub steppe. The vineyard has a unique micro climate, perfect for growing and maturing wine grapes.
Location: Western Yakima Valley on south slope of Rattlesnake Ridge.
Plantings: Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petite Verdot, Cinsault, Counoise, Cab franc, Syrah, Viognier, Sangiovese, Marsanne, Rousanne, Barbera.
Acreage: 120 Acres
Soil Composition: Sandy, silt loam over gravelly calcareous layers.
Heat Summation Units: 3200 plus
Growing Season: Long frost free growing season.
Elevation: 1320 feet to 1460 feet.
Slope: South and southwest slopes
Vine Spaceing: 6×9
Row Directions: NW and SW; NE
Training System: Bilateral cordon w/V.S.P.
Pruning Program: Hand prune to 3 ton per acres crop levels.