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Brian Carter Cellars Vineyards

Of all the decisions a winemaker has to make – from grapes to barrels to yeast and equipment – the vineyards chosen for their wines is easily the most important. The site where the grapes are grown is the most critical piece of a wine’s quality, followed by the way the grapes are grown. Therefore, when Brian decides to source grapes from a particular vineyard, the effect on the final wine is doubly important, since it always involves a site as well as a grower/manager.

Listed below are the eleven most important vineyards and growers from which Brian Carter Cellars currently sources grapes. In addition to the AVA (American Viticultural Area), the varieties sourced, and a brief description of the style of wines produced from each site, we have listed the year that the vineyard was first planted, and the year Brian first started to source from that vineyard (often dating back before the beginning of Brian Carter Cellars). Totaling the years these eleven vineyards have been in existence – over 300 years – gives us some idea of the cumulative experience these growers have managing their sites. 

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Klipsun Vineyard


Within the Red Mountain AVA, David and Trisha Gelles provide us with Cabernet Sauvignon. These grapes result in big wines with a lot of concentrated structure. This adds to the strength and ability to age the blends.

Stone Tree Vineyard


Within the Wahluke Slope, Mark Wheeler and Tedd Wildman provide us with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah.  The outcome is a wine with full, ripe flavors, silky tannins, rich fruit, and good color.

Boushey Vineyard


Within the Yakima Valley AVA, Dick and Luanne Boushey provide us with Sangiovese, Grenache, and Cinsault.  Consistent with Boushey Vineyard, enjoy food friendly wines with good balance, moderate structure, complex fruit aromas, and earthy notes.

Solstice Vineyard


The vineyard, located high on the Rosa north of Prosser is our coolest site. Jim and I have walked the rows together for over 25 years. Between his grapes and my winemaking we have put a lot of great wines into the glass.

E & E Shaw Vineyards


Within the Red Mountain AVA, Ed and Eve Shaw provide us with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Similar to Klipsun, these wines have a lot of structure and are often a bit more fruit forward.

Upland Vineyards


Within the Snipes Mountain AVA, the Newhouse family provides us with Viognier, Tempranillo, Graciano, Touriga Nacional, Souzao, and Tinto Cao.  Benefit from well balanced wines with good fruit and consistent ripening from Upland Vineyard.

Lonesome Spring Ranch


Within the Yakima Valley AVA, Colin Morrell provides us with Grenache, Sangiovese, Touriga Nacional, Mourvedre, and Petit Verdot.  Lively fruit, moderate structure and good color wine is experienced from Lonesome Springs Ranch.

Olsen Vineyards


Within the Yakima Valley AVA, the Olsen family provides us with Viognier, Roussanne, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, and Counoise.  Olsen Vineyards fruit gives us great varietal character and well balanced wines.

Chandler Reach Vineyards


Within the Yakima Valley AVA, Len Parris provides us with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  Good concentration, balance and dark color comes from Chandler Reach.

Stillwater Creek Vineyard


Within the Columbia Valley AVA, the Alberg family provides us with Syrah and Mourvedre.  This translates into food friendly acidity, bright fruit and intense color.

Dineen Vineyards


Within the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Patrick Dineen provides us with Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Roussanne.  As a moderate to warm site, Dineen Vineyards produces low yields, wines of balance and concentration, with good varietal focus.

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