These well-drained, rocky soils are home to Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo and Mourvèdre varietals, trellised on a vertical shoot position. Grapes from this outstanding vineyard are a major constituent of Watermill Winery wines.

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Watermill Estate Vineyard, the crown jewel of our holdings, is deeply embedded within The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA, a region that redefines excellence in the Walla Walla Valley. Once challenged by a rugged terrain of large cobblestones—relics of an ancient riverbed—this vineyard has emerged as a testament to visionary winemaking. Inspired by French winemaker Christophe Baron's pioneering work in 1997, Watermill planted its roots here in 2006, embracing the very cobbly loam soil that is now synonymous with the distinctive terroir of The Rocks District.

Our vineyard thrives through innovation, employing a vertical shoot positioning trellis system with a low cordon for resilience against the cold, nurturing our prized Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, and Mourvèdre vines. Watermill Estate Vineyard symbolizes the harmonious blend of tradition and pioneering spirit, producing wines that capture the essence of their unique terroir.