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Washington Wine Month Stop #30: Jones of Washington

We’re getting down on the farm on our 30th stop on our Washington Winery tour.

When you get down to it, all winemakers are essentially farmers passionate about their product.

Jones of Washington have decided to portray that beautifully with their name, philosophy and artisanal wines.

About the Winery and Family:

Jones of Washington is a family owned and operated winery that is committed to small-batch artisanal wines crafted with all the love and attention that people who are closely tied to the land can make.

Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new ground and the diversification of crops for the Jones Family.

Since 1949 when the Columbia Basin Project began, the Jones Family started growing and packing potatoes in Winchester, Washington. From this, the venture has grown into the production of many different farm crops.

Reaping and suffering has brought much knowledge of the land in this extreme business. In 1997, the first Jones Vineyards were planted on the Wahluke slope. In 2001, an interest in wine along with some un-contracted grapes propelled Jack into getting a winery license and selling the grapes as wine himself.

This led to the beginning of Jack Jones Winery and the Jones of Washington brands. Jack Jones started planting wine grapes on the Wahluke Slope in 1997 and is the owner while Greg Jones (his son) oversees the operation.

About the Vineyards:

Jack Jones started planting wine grapes on the Wahluke Slope in 1997. He is the owner while Greg Jones (his son) oversees the operation.
Jones Vineyards primarily contracts its wine grapes to other wineries throughout Washington State and the US, with only the select grapes going into the Jones of Washington wines.

Grapes purchased from Jones Vineyard have gone into numerous award winning wines. Jones of Washington Vineyards include:

Jones Vineyards –

Unit 7 Vineyard
This vineyard is located on a south facing slope just outside of the town of Mattawa on the Wahluke Slope. Merlot, Cabernet, and Chardonnay are grown on the vineyard. They sourced their 2007 Cabernet, Merlot, and Chardonnay from this site. Unit 7 is possibly the best red wine grape site we have.

Unit 9 Vineyard
This vineyard is located on a south facing slope just outside of the town of Mattawa on the Wahluke Slope. Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, as well as small acreages of Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel are grown on the vineyard. They sourced their 2007 Sangiovese from this site. Although Sangiovese is not known for having much tannin or color, this site creates a Sangiovese with tannin and color.

Unit 10 Vineyard
This vineyard is located on a south-west  facing slope just outside of the town of Mattawa on the Wahluke Slope. Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, and Viognier are grown on the vineyard.

Unit 11 Vineyard
This vineyard is located on a south facing slope 5 miles east of the town of Mattawa on the Wahluke Slope. Merlot, Cabernet and White Riesling are grown on this site. We sourced some of our 2005, 2006, and 2007 Cabernet from this site.

Unit 37 Vineyard
This vineyard is located on a west facing slope 1 mile South West of the town of Mattawa on the Wahluke Slope. Merlot, Cabernet  and Syrah are grown on this site. We sourced some of our 2005, 2006, and 2007 Syrah  from this site. The well drained soil allows vine growth to be regulated through irrigation and allows the wine grape grower to encourage flavor development by making vines put their effort into the fruit instead of the shoot.

Lewis and Clark Vineyard
This vineyard is located on North of Red Mountain between West Richland and Benton City in the Columbia Valley appellation. The vines are planted on a South facing. Cabernet, Sangiovese, Merlot, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer are grown on this site.

Two Gun Vineyard
Located on the Beasly Hills North East of Quincy. Gentle uniform sloping site on south facing slope.

About the Tasting Room:

The Jones of Washington Tasting Room is your key to the Columbia River Wine Country, come have a taste.

The Jones family has evolved from early produce farmers of the region into growers of award winning grapes and on to vintners in their own right.
A visit to the tasting room is a journey into Washington State agricultural history as well as the art of artisanal grape growing and winemaking.

Come taste the heritage. Begin your tour of the Columbia River wine country at the Jones of Washington tasting room near Quincy, Washington.
Quincy is located on Highway 28 between Wenatchee and Ephrata – approximately 10 miles Northwest of the Gorge Amphitheater – where I-90 crosses the Columbia River.

Just look for the red tractor two miles west of Quincy.

This is the Jones of Washington Tasting Room and the official start of your Columbia River wine country trail.

It is also your induction into the magnificent grapes grown and wines made from the Wahluke Slope – an award winning AVA in Washington State.
Visit our wine tasting room and spend a leisurely weekend afternoon wending your way through the exceptionally stunning Columbia River wine country.

Jones of Washington Wine

2101 F Street SW
Quincy, WA 98848

Phone: 509-787-3537

http://www.jonesofwashington.com/

 

 

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    Theresa Dillon

     
    Theresa Dillon
    Theresa Dillon earned her bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. In her spare time she enjoys reading, attending concerts, weekly trivia nights, watching movies (especially her favorite The Wizard of Oz), and of course wine.