The Rocks District is receiving international acclaim for its wines; particularly Syrah. The distinctive character of these wines is discernible, and global recognition is fueling the planting of new vineyards. Simply, this growing region has been recognized as one of the most distinctive in the world! What makes the future so exciting is that modern day wine grape farming within the AVA is only a couple decades old. The cultural context is supported by a rich, and diverse, agricultural tradition dating to the early 1900’s. Specialized farming practices have been developed to capture the savory/saline/umami wine qualities derived from these cobbled soils.
Nested within the Walla Walla Valley AVA, The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater resides entirely on the Oregon side of the Valley. This web site is designed to meaningfully engage the growth to come, while providing a primer for virtual, as well as feet-on-the-ground, visits to the Rocks District and Walla Walla Valley. Currently, the Rocks District Winegrowers are 19 members strong: wineries with Rocks District vineyard sources (inclusive of three new growers in development). Most importantly, the Rocks District AVA is distinguished by singularly distinctive wine expressions...each worthy of discovery.
The Rocks District is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries (96%) have been fixed by virtue of a single soil series (Freewater Series) and a single land form (alluvial fan).
- 279.2 planted wine-grape acres
- 105 acres in development
- Top Varieties:
- Syrah - 126.7 acres (45.4%)
- Cabernet Sauvignon – 66.3 acres (23.7%)
- Grenache – 20.9 acres (7.5%)
Final TTB approval of this new 5.9 square mile (3767 acre) AVA within Walla Walla Valley occured February 2015.
The Rocks District is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries have been fixed by virtue of a single soil series and a single land form.