Devorah Creek Vineyards is located on a former equestrian ranch between Enumclaw and Auburn Washington on the Enumclaw plateau. We fall within the Puget Sound American Viticultural Area, on the west side of the Cascade mountains. We average about 2100 growing degree days and 55 inches of rain, enough to ripen our estate grapes to perfection.
Our first vineyard is approximately 3 acres and was planted in 2009. It typically takes 3-5 years for the vines to become mature enough for wine quality grapes. Our vineyard lies on a west facing slope of sandy loam soil. The slope is very rocky, contributing to excellent water drainage and heat retention for those cool nights. We have two different clones of Chardonnay (Dijon 76 and 96) two clones of Pinot Noir (dijon 777 and 113) and a small planting of Auxerrois (Awk-sayr-wah). Chardonnay and Pinot Noir originate in the Burgundy region of France and are traditionally known as white and red Burgundy. Auxerrois comes from the Alsace region in France, located in the far North just miles from the German border. All of our vines are planted on American rootstocks which encourage ripening and pest resistance.
In 2015 we hope to break ground on our second vineyard at our current winery location. We will eventually have up to 15 acres in total of Puget Sound vines. We hope to plant more Auxerrois, adding Pinot Gris and some small plantings of experimental vines such as Siegerebbe and Leon Millot.
Devorah Creek Vineyards is pioneering commercial grape growing in our area, so experimentation is important to find the best grape vines for our climate. We can’t simply plant any vine we want, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah, since we do not have the heat or dryness like they do in Eastern Washington or California. It is an exciting time for us and we hope that you will share with us our joy in carving out our unique niche in the wine world.