A Côtes d’Or Vineyard

A Côtes d’Or Vineyard

The winemaker’s craft is to expose the terroir locked inside the grape.

Creating Well-Balanced Wines

Reininger Winery sources fruit from a number of outstanding Walla Walla vineyards,including Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, Birch Creek and XL Vineyards. Each vineyard produces fruit with a slightly different character, allowing Chuck to blend fruit to achieve the complexity and nuances he seeks in his wines. Look for more detailed information on individual vineyards below.

Birch Creek Vineyard
Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Seven Hills Vineyard

Founded in 2005 as part of the SeVein project, John & Martina Rempel started XL Vineyards on a 47-acre plot of land. At an elevation of 1,050 to 1,250 feet, XL has one of the highest planted grapes in the Walla Walla Valley. Nestled under the Blue Mountains, XL Vineyard has a variety of terroirs that can cater to a wide range of grape varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Granache, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Semillon and Viognier.

The Rempels take a unique approach to cultivating their grapes. The vineyard is broken up into 24 distinct blocks allowing their vineyard management team to cater more to the growing preferences of the winemakers. “Whether it’s trellis structure, pruning rigor or nutrient and irrigation strategy, each block is assessed individually on its own merits and treated with a fresh eye every day so that we can ensure that our harvest is the best expression of our work,” says Chris Banek, XL’s viticulturalist and vineyard manager. Each block is also individually irrigated to cater to the specific grapes’ needs. XL has also installed rows of poplar trees and wind fences to control some of the strong winds that could damage the crops, as well as four wind machines to moderate temperatures in the winter and to keep the vines from freezing.

Grapes we use: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon.


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