OUR VINEYARD STORY
Our family story began on a farm in Brescia, Italy. These deep ancestral roots nurtured a passion for farming and fine wine, this was our last great purpose left to pursue. Armed with our self-made mentality, we immediately identified with Red Mountain’s up-and-coming youth. We knew its low rainfall, cleansing winds, and hydroponic soils could be tailored to propagate fine grape varietals. Red Mountain was a place where one could make history, however, at only 4,040 acres there was virtually no land available. Disappointed, we continued our search until 670 acres of completely unplanted land was on the block via an auction. Competition was fierce for these pristine acres, of which 531 acres occupied Red Mountain and 139 acres resided in the bordering Columbia Valley AVA. It was finally our chance to get a piece of the “mountain”. This being the last virgin acreage, acquiring and developing that much vineyard all at once was risky, but we knew farming was in our blood and we were committed to putting Red Mountain wines in the same breadth to rival the World’s best wine regions.
We were fortunate to have the winning bid and in just 24 hours, we became the largest landowner in the AVA. Fast forward seven years, we cultivate our grapes with meticulous attention to detail whether it be in the Red Mountain AVA, or the more recently acquired Columbia Valley and Horse Heaven Hills AVA’s – every decision at Aquilini Vineyards is made with a single-minded goal: Grow the best grapes in the World!