Bright Light Vineyard – 5073 Chenowith Rd. The Dalles, OR 97058
Approximately 9 acres planted to vineyard plus a well appointed 3 bedroom 3 bath home, detached garage, shop and barn on 15.62 acres total.
Built on the rocky slopes of the Chenoweth Hills, Bright Light Vineyard’s southeast slopes are optimal for sunlight exposure and growing a staggeringly wide variety of wine grapes. The slope ranges from 5-25% with rows going straight up the hill in a near N/NW – S/SE row orientation. This orientation gives even ripening on both sides of the clusters, resulting in superior flavor and protection from sun burn. Hence the name, – it really is very bright. With elevations ranging from 415′-640′ and Chenoweth loam soils this is a compelling vineyard site with a proven track record of producing premium wine grapes. The property is directly adjacent to Bangsund Vineyards, from which many vineyard designate wines have been produced by Catherdral Ridge and others.
HOME AND OUTBUILDINGS
The 3 bd. / 3 bth. daylight ranch home is 2,400 sq. ft. and was built in 1980. The home offers a functional layout with great territorial and vineyard views. Updates include granite tile counters in the kitchen, tile backsplash in kitchen, baths and wet bar in the family room. Tile floors in the mud room, utility room and laundry room. There is a detached garage along with an RV barn / shop that could potentially be converted into a wine production building. There is along a historic horse/hay barn that could be repaired or replaced.
Approx. 9 acres planted from 2015-present. The wide range of grapes planted are detailed in the chart below. The vineyard has been developed with some varieties planted to a commercially viable scale (Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot and more) plus many rare and unique clones planted in smaller quantities as part of the nursery program.
|Alvarinho||Fresh, high-quality, aromatic white with Spanish/Portuguese roots||Mid Sept|
|Barbera||Versatile in wide range of styles; sweet Italian Reds||Late Sept – Early Oct|
|Black Monnuka||A large, purplish color crisp seedless grape with juicy, sweet, and nice flavor.||September|
|Blaufrankisch||Dark-skinned, dark fruited Austro-Hungarian variety||Late Sept|
|Cabernet Franc||Fragrant, well-structured Bordeaux Red||Late Sept|
|Cabernet Sauvignon||The world’s best-travelled wine variety makes concentrated, tannic wines for particularly long ageing||Late Sept|
|Cilegiolo||Cherry-flavored Italian Red||Mid sept|
|Emerald Seedless||Emerald Seedless has large, yellow/green berries that are crunchy and very flavorful. Early season||September|
|Fiesta||Light yellow colour, medium round berries, distinct muscat flavour. Usually sold as raisins.||September|
|Fiona||Rich, waxy, strongly flavored southern Italian white||early sept|
|Gratitude||Gratitude has an exceptional crisp texture with seedless green berries.||September|
|Jupiter||Jupiter has large clusters of large, reddish-blue berries with mild muscat flavor. Non-slipskin with crisp flesh texture.||August|
|Malbec||French Makes dark, flavorsome, well structured Reds||Mid Sept|
|Merlot||Fleshy, early ripening member of the Bordeaux family||Mid-late Sept|
|Nebbiolo||Italy’s most revered wine grape, capable of producing perfumed, expressive, age-worthy wines||October|
|Petit Verdot||High quality, late ripening Bordeaux||Late Sept – Early Oct|
|Primativo||Croatian Variety making full-bodied reds, also known as Zinfandel||Late Sept|
|Regent||Highly successful, early ripening, black berried German Hybrid||Early Sept|
|Sagrantino||Black berried tannic Italian||Late Sept|
|Saperavi||Georgian variety that produces deep colored, firm, ageworthy reds||Late Sept|
|Selma Pete||Early-ripening white seedless grape usually sold as raisins||August|
|Semillion||White Bordeaux, usually sweet, but also used as a dry blender.||early Sept|
|Shiraz / Syrah||Do you prefer Australian or French?||Late Sept|
|Summer Muscat||Early season, white seedless Muscat grape.||August|
|Tannat||Powerful, tannic, southwest French variety with lots of character||Mid-late Sept|
The vines are on Vertical Shoot Position trellising throughout with the exception of a small amount of high wire used for a small section of table grapes. There is potential to plant another 3-4 acres. The property has a very strong well and the vineyard is fully irrigated with 9 acres of water rights.
Please call or email Matt or Peter with questions or to schedule a tour of this unique vineyard.Matt Tackett 503-385-5585 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Bouman 503-625-3000 email@example.com
- Vineyard Acreage: 9
- Total Acreage: 15.62
- Price: $950,000
- Aspect: Southeast
- Elevation: 415'-640'
- Soils: Chenoweth Loam
- Location: Columbia Valley AVA