great wine starts in the vineyard
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard lies in the heart of Washington State’s Columbia Valley, adjacent to Red Mountain. With the Cascade Mountains as a shield protecting Eastern Washington vineyards from Western Washington’s marine climate, the Valley is arid and dry. Vines enjoy long, sun-filled summer days. Warm autumn days are then offset by cool nights, allowing grapes to retain natural acidity, ripening slowly and evenly.
—Andrew Wilson, Winemaker
SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTICE
Sustainability is the gold standard for Goose Ridge. Cover crops of wheat and barley are planted in alternate years with natural vegetation. This helps control erosion, choke back weeds and enrich the soil. It also promotes a lively habitat for good, natural predators such as burrowing owls, songbirds, bats and others, which are further encouraged with nesting houses, and natural habitats and corridors throughout the estate.
Other sustainable farming practices include the use of compost to reduce fertilizers and improve soils. Drip irrigation conserves precious water and reduces or eliminates the need for pesticides. Grapes are hand-harvested in gondolas or totes to ensure gentle treatment of the fruit and reduce energy consumption.
THE MONSON FAMILY
The Destination Brands are a reflection of a shared family vision of stewardship of the land and commitment to artisan winemaking.
M.L. Monson brought his family to the Yakima Valley in the early 1900s. He came with a love for the land and the dream of building a family farming business that would continue for generations.
Initially, the focus was on orchards and cattle. In the 1990s, M.L.’s son Arvid began building in a new direction, establishing vineyards in the arid hills and valleys around Richland. This led to the founding of Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery in 1998.