Welcome to Salida Wines! The fall of 2006 was a milestone in 25+ years of Doug’s winemaking. Luck had it that we received a ton of Tempranillo, Spain’s ‘King of the Reds.’ After many vintages of making McCrea Cellars Rhone varietal wines, it was a chance to have some fun with a very new grape grown in the vineyards of Washington State.
Since Tempranillo, Grenache and Mourvedre all originated in Spain, it seemed a natural progression in Doug’s winemaking career to work with the third primary red grape of the Iberian Peninsula. After many award-winning versions of Grenache and Mourvedre, he believed that Tempranillo, particularly with its early ripening nature, could succeed equally well in the Pacific Northwest.