When it comes to our wines, we are true to great wine and skilled winemaking techniques. Our wines are hand-crafted in small lots and Old World techniques from crush to bottling are used to create the absolute best wine from the grapes Mother Nature has blessed us with in our vineyards.
Our primary focus is making single vineyard, single varietal wines to showcase the unique varietal and terroir characteristics. Our white wines include Viognier, Muscat (in both classic and dessert styles), Pinot Gris, and other varietals. We produce one of the best Pinot Noirs from our own estate grapes and numerous big reds which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Carménère, and Tempranillo.
We also craft our big red blend, a Cuvee which consists predominantly of two Cabernets – one from Washington Columbia Valley and one from Oregon Columbia Valley. The 2014 Bite of Oregon awarded us “Best of Show” for our 2009 Cuvee.
Fruit for our bigger reds are purchased from specially chosen vineyards in Eastern Oregon and Central Washington. Each year, we typically crush one or two additional varietals, which have included Counoise (pronounced “coon-wahz”), Merlot, Malbec, Barbera, and Syrah.
All Rizzo red wines are single vineyard varietals to showcase both the fruit and the terroir – you can see and taste the difference in each of our amazing wines. Our reds are unfiltered and aged for a minimum of 20 months in oak barrels. A combination of new and neutral American, French, and Hungarian oak is used depending on the varietal. Often, two or more oak profiles are blended to enhance the sensory experience. Oak is used to nuance the wine in crafting complex wines that highlight everything the varietal, fruit, and terroir have to offer.
We consider ourselves a boutique winery with a production rate of 800 to 1500 cases per year under our own label. We currently self-distribute through personal contacts at wine events, private gatherings, and our online store.
Our tagline is “The Winemaker’s Wine” as our wine master started as a home wine maker and still makes every wine to suit his tastes for true fruit flavors and high-quality standards. The only way to truly understand how serious we are about making the finest wine money can buy is to come and taste the experience for yourself!
"There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good Wine cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor. It is true thrift to use the best ingredients available and to waste nothing." - James Beard