Firethorn Vineyard, Columbia Valley AVA, Echo, Oregon

75049 Snow Rd, Echo, Umatilla County, Oregon 97826, USA
  • ID: 37831
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In 2006, Drew Bledsoe founded Doubleback wines based on this very special vineyard site selected by Paul Champoux of Champoux Vineyards, one of the most renowned wine industry players in the Northwest. The property is a total 74 acres with 60 acres planted and 14 unplanted acres. Secure Water rights are from two deep wells.

Doubleback eventually moved its entire operation to the Walla Walla AVA and sold this very successful vineyard to the Bales family, who established their own estate winery, Echo Ridge Cellars, in the small city of Echo, Oregon, a short 5 minutes off the I-84 Interstate route between Boise and Portland, and a short 45 minutes to the thriving Walla Walla Wine Country that supports over 150 wineries, many of which purchase fruit from Firethorn.

The sellers have decided to concentrate on just their winery operation for the foreseeable future and now offer this very productive and popular vineyard for it’s further expansion into the future. The sale can include the full array of vineyard farm equipment at a reasonable additional cost of $280,000. The seller will sign a long or short-term contract for 25 tons of annual fruit to be used in their very popular Echo Ridge Winery label wines.

When purchased by the Bales family, they contracted with Master of Wine, Billo Naravane of Rasa Vineyards to consult on all aspects of vineyard management as well as lead consultant on the Echo Ridge wines. The vineyard is in excellent condition with solid trellis and irrigation infrastructure, and an additional 14 acres of unplanted ground for immediate expansion.

Additional property facts:
1. Columbia Valley Viticulture Area
2. Soils are Shano Series, Very fine, Well drained Sandy Loam
3. 8″-10″ Annual Rainfall
4. 50-54 degrees F Mean Annual Temperature
5. 140′ to 860 ft Elevations with contours major 50, minor 10′
6. Finished shop/apartment with expandsion possible for producton/tasting
7. Contiguous Estate Echo Vineyards successfully produces Pinot Noir as well as the
full array of Bordeaux varietals grown on Firethorn. Firethorn Vineyard sits on cliffs above the picturesque Umatilla River, overlooking the historical town of Echo that provides beautiful and peaceful scenes yeararound of this quaint little village. The seller will remain in place to providing interim or long-term management assistance if needed, and is very motivated to see the continued success of the vineyard as it provides a majority of fruit for his own highly rated and popular Echo Ridge Cellars wines. The vineyard has long-term management contracts in place with local companies that are committed to remain in place if needed.

The WestOne Group Ltd, based in Walla Walla, has specialized in Northwest Wine Industry Property sales since 2001, and is pleased to offer this very successful and prime vineyard opportunity to the market. Please call Ben Sinner at 509-524-0400 to arrange a personal tour of the property.

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