High Contrast Vineyard—This vineyard includes 3 acres of Syrah and 1/3 acre of Viognier, and follows the contour of what was once the Walla Walla River. There are 3,555 vines per acre, planted one vine per stake.
|Appellation||Walla Walla Valley|
Vigneron Christophe Baron pioneered biodynamic farming in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley in 2002. Horsepower is farmed entirely without the use of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, chemical insecticides or fungicides using two draft horses - ‘Red’ and ‘Zeppo’ - to cultivate vineyards with as little as 3’ x 3’ spacing, planted 1 vine per stake, or “sur echalas” in French. The oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house Baron Albert, Christophe’s family has worked their land in the Marne Valley of France since 1677. As recently as 1957 horses still did all of the vineyard cultivation. Horsepower represents a return to that tradition, to a simplicity of craftsmanship and purpose that has been largely lost. It’s a window to the Old World taking root in New. That’s why, on any given day in any of our three vineyards, the only sound you’re likely to hear is the hoofbeat of tradition, played and preserved on the stones of Horsepower.