Quilceda Creek Adds 8.5 Acres to Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard Holdings
Winery Announces Vineyard Acquisition Adjacent to Champoux Vineyard
SNOHOMISH, WASH., April 16, 2007 – Quilceda Creek, known for producing world class Cabernet
Sauvignon, has expanded its estate vineyard holdings with the purchase of a five acre site
adjacent to Washington State's acclaimed Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills,
Quilceda Creek owner and winemaker Paul Golitzin announced today. The winery has also
signed a long-term lease for 3.5 additional acres next to the newly acquired property.
Quilceda Creek has named the new vineyard Palengat in honor of Jeanette Golitzin, who
co-founded Quilceda Creek with her husband Alex in 1978. Palengat is Jeanette's maiden
Both the newly purchased site and leased vineyard will be managed by Paul Champoux. He
is co-owner of Champoux Vineyard along with Quilceda Creek and three other Washington
The new five-acre site, on a south-facing slope above the Columbia River, is a high
density vineyard growing all five red Bordeaux varieties. Previously known as Matador
Ranch, it was planted by John Derrick and his family in 2000. He sold the property to
Quilceda Creek earlier this year and signed a long-term lease for 3.5 additional acres
that were planted in 1999.
Golitzin, who has shared winemaking duties with his father Alex since joining the
winery full-time in 1992, says Quilceda Creek has gradually refocused its grape sourcing
over the last several vintages to include more fruit from Horse Heaven Hills. The
winery acquired partial ownership of Champoux Vineyard in 1997.
While the sale of Palengat Vineyard wasn't complete until earlier this year, Quilceda
Creek directed vineyard management last season and purchased all the grapes grown
on site in 2006. "These grapes have all the elegance and powerful, pure fruit we have
come to expect from the Horse Heaven Hills," says (Paul) Golitzin, "Palengat is wonderfully
aromatic, with polished, sophisticated tannins. It adds an exciting dimension to our
wine program," he says.
With the goal of improving wine quality vintage after vintage, Quilceda Creek has
increasingly turned its attention to the vineyards in recent years, relying more on
estate-grown grapes. In 2001, Quilceda Creek began planting Galitzine Vineyard adjacent to
Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain and will release its first vineyard-designated wine from
there, a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, later this fall.
Palengat Vineyard was purchased by Paul, his wife Lori, sister Lisa Ware, and brother-in-law
John Ware, the winery's General Manager. The purchase price of the vineyard was not
Editor’s note: Galitzine is the correct spelling of the vineyard on Red Mountain. It was
chosen by the owners to acknowledge their family heritage. Alex Golitzin's father
emigrated to the U.S. from France in 1946 and revised the French spelling of his last
name from Galitzine to Golitzin upon his arrival in this country.
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