Planted are the following varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tertulia’s estate Vineyard, Riviere Galets, which is located in the Rocks District was planted in 2009 and consists of 12 acres planted to the following varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
A little history on The Rocks District.
The creation of this stony find can be traced back to the Missoula Floods, a series of geologic cataclysms that swept across Eastern Washington and down the Columbia Gorge at the end of the last ice age, between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago.
The massive floods, caused by periodic ruptures in the ice dam that created Montana’s Glacial Lake Missoula, inundated the Walla Walla Valley at least 35 times, experts say. At its highest point, the water elevation was about 1200 feet—or the equivalent of 150 feet higher than the top of Walla Walla’s tallest building, the 12–story Marcus Whitman Hotel.
To make a long, complicated tale deceivingly simple, each time those waters receded and the Walla Walla River rushed back into the Valley, the layers of sand and silt deposited by the floods were swept away and replaced with pebbles, cobbles, and boulders derived from the basalt bedrock of the nearby Blue Mountains. These gravels accumulated over time, creating a 5.9-square mile alluvial fan of 3,770 acres where the river exits the Blue Mountains. The fan’s viticultural potential sat unappreciated for several thousand years.