Founded in 1983, Snoqualmie was one of Washington’s first premium wineries, producing classic wine varietals from vineyards across the Columbia Valley. Originally located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Snoqualmie opened its winery in Prosser, WA, at the base of the Horse Heaven Hills, in 2002. Snoqualmie has been a leader in sustainable farming and vineyard management in Washington State, and continually strives to reduce an impact in the vineyards and winery. Snoqualmie was one of the first Washington wineries to craft wines from USDA-certified organically grown grapes at their certified organic winemaking facility. Snoqualmie’s sustainable practices in the vineyard include water conservation, use of biodegradable natural pest control agents, and the planting of beneficial cover crops to reduce soil erosion.
Joy Andersen is a true pioneer of the modern-day Washington wine industry. More than 30 years ago, when Joy began her career, there were only 24 winemakers in Washington State and even fewer women in the winemaking industry. Today, the state boasts over 600 wineries and Joy leads the way as head winemaker at Snoqualmie. Under her leadership, Snoqualmie’s reputation for releasing sustainably produced, food-friendly wines has been recognized across the country by critics and consumers alike.
Like a master chef, Joy’s approach to winemaking begins with cultivating and choosing the finest ingredients. Throughout the growing season, she can be found in the vineyards assessing vine and fruit development, and working with the grower to optimize pruning techniques and irrigation regimes. Come harvest, Joy is so intimately familiar with each varietal’s flavor profile that she already knows how she will showcase those flavors in the finished wine.
Winemaker's notes: Wind is a fact of life in the wide open landscape of eastern Washington State. Breezes blow throughout the seasons, moderating the sun's influence on, and adding character to ripening fruit in the vineyards. It embodies that character with flavors of fresh melon and fig edge with crisp notes of citrus. Enjoy with chicken, scallops or an icy plate of oysters.
Critical acclaim: "Fleshy and fruity, fresh and full bodied, this generous wine offers scents of orange peel and citrus, and the palate exudes ripe flavors of grapefruit, lime and a hint of melon. Best Buy."88 Points
Light and fresh, offering citrus and pear flavors, with a hint of grass showing in the background. Drink now. 87 Wine Spectator.