Assisted by a perfect climate and great terroir, the partners of Coyote Canyon Vineyard strive to grow world-class wine grapes. Our grapes are consistently used by many of the Northwest's top wineries to produce some of the best, and highest rated, wines in the world.
A Little History
Wine grapes were the last thing on George Smith's mind when he broke our farmland from sagebrush shortly after World War II. He was just happy the Navy had returned the land to him when it finished using it as a practice bombing range.
After struggling for years with meager dry land wheat yields, George and his son-in-law, Bob Andrews, drilled their first well in 1953. The family valued the water as if it were gold, and it opened a new chapter in the history of Horse Heaven.
By 1974, when Bob's son, Mike, returned to the farm, irrigated wheat and Hereford cattle were the family's chief products. Mike had a passion for cattle. He spent the next twenty-five years raising Herefords and growing various irrigated crops.
In 1994, Mike and Bob partnered, planting 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon along a gentle southern slope in the middle of the family property. The vineyard grew slowly, but steadily, over the years, edging out wheat, grass, watermelons, corn, and a variety of other crops.
Mike's son, Jeff, joined the business in 2006, bringing both business and technological experience to the operation. Since that time the vineyard has more than doubled in size and now covers over 1300 of the best grape growing acres in the Horse Heaven Hills.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of perfection. We constantly work to improve our operation and the quality of our grapes.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard pledges to both winemakers and consumers to continue to produce complex, world-class wine grapes