In the early 1990s, Napa land prices were exploding, Paso Robles was starting to look like a great alternative, and only a small number of wine cognoscenti had ever heard of wines from the state of Washington.
A handful of amateur winemakers, inspired by and following the guidance of Dr. Walter Clore, had been experimenting with wine grapes on Red Mountain since the late ‘70s. While on a business trip to this region in the early 90s, Keith had a chance to taste some of the fruit while walking through a Red Mountain vineyard.
Keith investigated the Red Mountain area because, as a geologist, he was knowledgeable about the geology in the area. Upon visiting Red Mountain, he was impressed with the concentration and depth of the fruit produced. Keith and ReNae purchased the first parcels of land on Red Mountain in 1992 and began developing the property in 1993. They added roads and wells in 1993, and progress was so rapid it allowed the first 40 acres of vines to be planted as well. By the autumn of 1993, Terra Blanca had its first crush with purchased fruit. In 1997 Keith bottled our first estate grown Merlot.
Since then Keith and ReNae have worked to carve Terra Blanca out of the virgin sagebrush to what you see today.