Dionysus Vineyard

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Dionysus Vineyard is one of five vineyards managed by Sagemoor Vineyards. It’s on the east side of the Columbia River, 15 miles north of the Tri-Cities, WA. Dionysus is in the Columbia Valley AVA and has 150 acres of wine grapes plus 12 acres of apples. It’s also next door to Bacchus Vineyard.

In 1973 this vineyard was originally planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Beaujolais, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Trousseau Gris (Grey Riesling), Chardonnay and Semillon. After 40+ years of experimentation and feedback from our winery partners, Dionysus still grows Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but the other varietals have been replaced by Riesling, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon has become the remarkable flagship variety of this vineyard site.

Fun fact: Many original plantings have never frozen back to the ground despite several killing winter freezes that Washington has experienced. Maybe the God of Wine really is watching over us…

Dionysus, Bacchus, and Sagemoor Vineyards share a commanding view to the west overlooking the mighty Columbia River and the Rattlesnake Mountains. Dionysus’s southwestern sloping land has elevation ranging from 600-900 feet. Soft rolling knolls provide a warm site (not hot, not cool) with excellent air drainage.

The soils at Dionysus are varied, adding complexity to any wines coming from this great site.

Royal fine sandy loam soil, 2-10% slope dominates blocks 14,16 and 18.

Sagehill very fine sandy loam with 10-15% slope blocks 11,12,13, and 19.

Dionysus has a secure water source thanks to the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. The vineyard has drip irrigation, with sprinklers used for frost control, cooling, and occasional irrigation. Drip irrigation allows us to use Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI). With RDI and soil moisture monitoring we’re been able to constantly fine tune and improve quality.

Today, Dionysus grows grapes for at least 50 Washington wineries producing award-winning wines, and is managed by Lacey Lybeck.

To inquire about availability contact Kent Waliser, Director of Operations. kent@sagemoorvineyards.com