Mackey Vineyards, Walla Walla, Washington
Mackey Vineyards is dedicated to French style production and wine-making methods to achieve uncompromising expression of terroir, that ineffable quality that links the wines to the unique land where the grapes are grown. Mackey Vineyards produces wines of restraint, balance and finesse, turning every meal and every day into a celebration.
Extraordinary wines come from extraordinary vineyards. In 2007, Roger Mackey and his brother Philip said goodbye to a conventional life in California and as bonheur, or good fortune, would have it, they discovered a small farm with apple orchards and grape vines, and traded their dress suits for a tractor and a plow. The brothers brought the established but ailing vineyard with amazing soils back to life, and from this land, the family owned Mackey Vineyards is dedicated to extremely small production of estate grown Bordeaux varietals.
Mackey Vineyard is located in the highly coveted southeast part of the Walla Walla Valley in a deep canyon on the south fork of the Walla Walla River. The site itself is reminiscent of the prized vineyards of Bordeaux with river rock studded soils, and higher elevation, which provides not only frost protection, but moderate temperatures ideal for French-style wines.
With every bottle of Mackey Vineyards wine, you experience a part of their land, and an indelible sense of place. "We knew we didn't want to just make wine," says Roger. "We wanted to grow grapes." Mackey Vineyards is in an elite group of producers in the Walla Walla Valley crafting estate wines.