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Hugh and Kathy Shiels planted the steep rocky south-facing slopes of the DuBrul Vineyard in 1992. They grow six varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Low vigor soils combined with a deficit irrigation regimen produce small berries, small clusters, and low yields from our vines.
The DuBrul Vineyard is situated on a basalt promontory of dissected terraces comprised of coalesced alluvial fan deposits primarily from the Ellensburg Formation. The soils in the vineyard are made up of relatively thin loess (wind-deposited silt) over the more coarse-grained alluvial fan deposits. The volcanic ash and heterogeneity of the rock types within the Ellensburg Formation add to the complexity of the terroir.