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July Tours With Four Notable Grape Growers

The growing trend of Americans wanting to know the ingredient source of everything they consume is quickly taking them to local farms and fields. The same is true with wine; once isolated to notable winemakers, now grape growers are increasing in notoriety and popularity. Wine Yakima Valley is giving consumers insider access to some of the best grape growers in the state by offering vineyard tours every weekend in July. The Vineyard Tour Series will feature prominent, well-respected and long-standing growers from Red Willow Vineyard, DuBrul Vineyard, Upland Vineyards and Boushey Vineyards.

Tickets for each tour are $75 and include wine, food and a grower education tour. Tickets for the Vineyard Tour Series are available online at Space is limited; reserve early.

Schedule of Vineyard Tour Series

Red Willow Vineyard – Sat., July 7

Aged To Perfection Tour one of the state’s oldest vineyards, the birthplace of Washington’s first Syrah, and a pioneer of cabernet franc and sangiovese. Tours receive a nostalgic touch with transportation in a covered wagon pulled by a vineyard tractor all the way up to the vineyard chapel with 360 degree views as well as tours through the syrah, cabernet franc and sangiovese vineyards.

DuBrul Vineyard – Sat., July 14

Rooted in the family Guests will enjoy an intimate tour of this highly acclaimed vineyard and taste through some of Cote Bonneville’s exclusive wines. Vineyard owners Hugh and Kathy Shiels have strived to produce grapes that express the unique terroir that is DuBrul. See firsthand the mineral deposits, extensive irrigation practice and why steep rocky soils are so important to growing exceptional grapes in the Yakima Valley.

Upland Vineyards – Sat., July 21

Cultivated in Tradition – The Upland tour includes an opportunity to see the original vines that were first planted in 1917. This tour showcases the progression from planting the vine to producing grapes, harvest winemaking and the aging process. Explore Washington’s 10th AVA – Snipes Mountain.

Boushey Vineyards – Sat., July 28

Steeped in Syrah Tour the vineyard with Dick Boushey, the father of syrah, as he discusses the idiosyncrasies of how syrah grows and the various conditions that change the taste of the grapes grown on different hillsides, in various soils and more. Boushey grapes create the most critically acclaimed wines in the state and are a key player in the success of Washington wines. His strong influence and historical significance on the Washington winemaking business is also explored.

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