Bacchus Vineyard

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Bacchus is one of five vineyards managed by Sagemoor Vineyards. It’s on the east side of the Columbia River, 15 miles north of Tri-Cities, WA. Bacchus is in the Columbia Valley AVA and has 180 acres planted to wine grapes. It’s also next door to Dionysus Vineyard.

In 1972 Bacchus was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Today, after 40+ years of experimentation and feedback from winery partners, Bacchus now grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay. We’re a leading source of old vine WA fruit with over 35 acres of the original 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 16 acres of 1972 Sauvignon Blanc plantings.

Fun fact: In Bacchus there’s a strange lump of land riddled with granite boulders. Nothing can be planted there—the rows either bend around it, or stop altogether, picking back up on the other side. It’s called a glacial erratic. It’s where a glacier got stuck 15,000 years ago during the Missoula Floods, melted a little, and unloaded a heap of granite. It’s an incredible stamp from a cataclysmic event, “geology geeks” and “Missoula Flood nerds” swing by on occasion to see it. But why should they have all the fun? Come out and see it sometime. It’s really something.

Bacchus has a commanding view to the west overlooking the mighty Columbia River and the Rattlesnake Mountains. The sloping land’s elevation ranges from 550-900 feet, and soft rolling knolls keep Bacchus warm (not hot, not cool) with excellent air drainage.

The soils at Bacchus are varied, adding complexity to wine.

  • Royal fine sandy loam soil, 2-10% slope
  • Warden very fine sandy loam and silt loam, 0-15% slope
  • Ottmar-Schlomer complex 5-15% slope
  • Tauncal very fine sandy loam 2-5% slope

Bacchus 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 able to constantly fine tune and improve quality.

Today, Bacchus supplies grapes to 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