Our Namesake Vineyard
Named in honor of our family’s heritage of winemaking, Galitzine Vineyard sits in the small Red Mountain AVA, one of the warmest appellations in Washington State and an ideal region for growing red wine grapes. Meticulously farmed by Vineyard Manager Dan Nickolaus, 17-acre Galitzine was planted in 2001-2002 exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 8. The grapes from this vineyard produce a powerful, structured wine with intense black fruit and earthy minerality, eminently worthy of its single vineyard designation.
Slopes and Sunlight
Bordered by gentle brush-covered mountain slopes and influenced by the Yakima River nearby, Galitzine Vineyard experiences dramatic day to night temperature swings, and can go from an average of 90°F to below 50°F during the growing season. We regulate the intense sunlight and heat at this south-facing site by carefully managing the vine canopies, opening up the eastern side of the vine rows to gentle morning light and protecting the west side from intense afternoon heat with a layer of leaves. Galitzine is typically one of our first vineyards to be harvested in late September.
“When you drive up to Galitzine Vineyard you immediately see how carefully the site is farmed. The difference is obvious, and it’s a tribute to Dan’s (Dan Nickolaus, Vineyard Manager) passion for winegrowing.”
— Paul Golitzin, President & Director of Winemaking
High Density Plantings
Featuring deep, sandy loam soils – windblown Hezel over Warden - Galitzine is noticeable for its high density plantings, with three-foot spacing and 2074 vines per acre. We like generating competition between the vines, forcing roots to penetrate deep into the soil and creating a smaller plant infrastructure. Smaller vines produce less and smaller clusters and grapes with a greater skin to pulp ratio. This leads to rich and highly concentrated wines that age exceptionally well.