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Canoe Ridge Vineyard is one of Washington State’s most recognized wineries, with its namesake vineyard established in 1989 in the Horse Heaven Hills American Viticultural Area. Varieties are focused on Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The name comes from a ridge by the vineyard located along the mid-Columbia River, near the town of Paterson. The famed explorers Lewis & Clark named this crest of land as the journeyed down the Columbia River in 1805. From the river, the adventurers thought the ridge resembled an overturned canoe. The Walla Walla-based winery marked its 20th anniversary in 2014.



Planted in 1989, nearly all of our grapes are sourced from our namesake vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Perched on a breathtaking ridge above the Columbia River, the vines are planted on their own roots on a sloping ridge at 425-740 feet in elevation. 


Bill Murray


What I appreciate most about the Canoe Ridge Vineyard is the Merlot it produces. I age it in a modest amount of French oak; just enough to let the beautiful fruit and fine tannins shine through.


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