Our soil is permeated with a white colored compound called calcium carbonate. It's the same material that makes up limestone and chalk.
All over the world soils that are rich in calcium carbonate are often found in the world's great winegrape growing regions. As a geologist and as a winemaker, Keith knew that wine grapes grown in calcium carbonate-rich soils produce spectacular fruit.
When Keith and ReNae purchased the land they decided to name the new vineyard "Terra Blanca," Latin for "white earth."
Six inches of rain in a year. That's it. Lying in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains to the west we experience weather on a gothic scale. Searing summer heat, blasting Chinook winds, clear cold nights. The sky is our constant companion out here.
Few places in the world can grow grapes capable of the power, grace and ageability of Red Mountain. Granted AVA status in 2001, the reputation (and prices) of Red Mountain grapes has caught the attention of the wine cognescenti and consumers alike.
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.