08 Sep Yakima Valley Founder – Newhouse Family
Yakima Valley, Wash. (Sept 2015) One of the first families to farm on the land in recent history is the Newhouse family, homesteaders to the area in the early 1900s. The original farm is just a few miles south of where they currently work the 750 acres that is now Newhouse Family Vineyards and Upland Estates.
“As a diversified farmer, I think [Yakima Valley] is unique because we can grow everything here,” says Todd Newhouse, third-generation farmer to the property who grows everything from wine grapes to peaches and prunes. “I know there’s not a lot of places in the state that can [grow that variety] of fruit, let alone in the U.S. or the world. And that coupled with the irrigation is a big part of that as well… A hot climate and our harsh winters help too.”
According to Newhouse, he is following in suit to his Yakima Valley forefathers before him—Upland’s original landholder W.D. Bridgeman, Dr. Clore and his antecedents. “This is where they thought it would work the best and do to this day,” Newhouse says. “Yakima Valley grows more fruit than any other wine grape region in the state and our grapes are used in every other region in the state. I think that this being the pioneering area, we’ve had some longevity where we’ve continued to plant varieties that continue to do really well in the Yakima Valley.”