Let the Sun Shine
Our Washington wine grapes are grown in the Columbia Valley on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the landscape is arid, the days are warm and the sun almost always shines. Rainfall averages 6 to 8 inches annually. Summer temperatures hover in the mid-80s, and the sky is cloud-free 300 days a year. Autumn days stay warm but the nights turn cool, protecting the grapes’ natural acidity. The net effect is a growing region ideally suited to wine grapes.
Novelty Hill's Stillwater Creek Estate Vineyard
Located on a steep, south-facing slope on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills, Novelty Hill’s Stillwater Creek estate vineyard is best known for its unique selection of premium varietal clones and innovative vineyard management under the direction of accomplished viticulturist Ed Kelly.
The site’s varied topography and soils allow more than a dozen grape varieties to thrive here. Before planting began in 2000, each block’s site exposure and soil type were carefully considered. The vineyard’s fractured rock and extreme southern exposure are ideal for reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. White grapes are planted on a mixture of fractured rock and areas of fine sandy loam.
In March 2007, Stillwater Creek became the first Columbia Valley vineyard certified “Salmon Safe” for environmental practices that help protect habitat for Northwest fish and wildlife.
Januik Vineyard Sources
Mike Januik has been making wines in Washington’s Columbia Valley since the mid-1980s, affording him the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of top growers. When Mike established his own winery in 1999, he developed a short list of vineyards he considered to be among the best in the state. Such well-known, mature sites as Champoux, Weinbau, Cold Creek and Ciel du Cheval, to name just a few, are the greatest point of difference in Januik wines.