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.
Now six vintages later, what started as a lark from a small Yakima Valley vineyard has developed into a growing brand, and it’s clear that Tempranillo has a great future in Washington State!