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Welcome to our home in Washington State’s prestigious Red Mountain AVA,

where some of the world’s best 90+ wines are sourced. We’ve since added holdings in Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Valley with the continued commitment to growing high quality grapes so you can make great wine.

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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!

OUR VINEYARDS

Red Mountain AVA Washington
Red Mountain AVA

559 acres owned, 546 acres planted. 

Columbia Valley AVA Washington
Columbia Valley AVA

158 acres owned, 104 acres planted. 

Horse Heaven Hills AVA Washington
Horse Heaven Hills AVA

1,121 acres owned, 463 acres planted. 

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RED MOUNTAIN AVA

Home of both our Elite and production vineyards. We grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah in Elite. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot in the production parcels.

FULL RED MOUNTAIN OVERVIEW

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RED MOUNTAIN BLOCKS 1 – 4

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RED MOUNTAIN BLOCKS 5-8

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RED MOUNTAIN BLOCKS 9-14 & 34

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RED MOUNTAIN BLOCKS 15-18

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RED MOUNTAIN BLOCKS 19-26 & 33

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RED MOUNTAIN BLOCKS 31, 32, 35, 36, 37

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COLUMBIA VALLEY AVA

Just across the road from our Red Mountain vineyards, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

COLUMBIA VALLEY BLOCKS 27-30 & 33

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HORSE HEAVEN HILLS AVA

At these award winning vineyards, adjacent to the Tule Canyon, we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and Syrah.

HORSE HEAVEN HILLS – NORTH BLOCKS

HORSE HEAVEN HILLS – SOUTH BLOCKS

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THE TEAM

Gianfranco Farimbella

VINEYARD MANAGER

Growing up in Brescia, Italy and watching his grandmother and uncles tend to the vines on the family vineyard in Franciacorta, it’s no wonder that Gianfranco developed a passion for viticulture. While his formal education in agronomy eventually led him to study and work in Lombardy, Tuscany and Sardinia, it’s fitting that he ultimately landed in Benton City, WA. Here he shepherds the vines of Red Mountain AVA whose soils are surprisingly similar to those of his birth: shaped by glacier, well-draining gravel and sand, on ideal southern facing slopes. Today, Franco focuses on optimizing the conditions to produce wines that are a delightful balance of his American home and his European birth.

Michele Cherchi Wine
Michele Cherchi

VINEYARD DIRECTOR

Michele grew up in a small, Italian town where every family had their own vineyard and made their own wine. While he confesses the wine was “terrible,” he’s quick to point out that it was at least “homemade.” Michele first developed a relationship with the Aquilini’s while working in Italy, joining them in Canada in 2013 to manage land development for the company. Since moving with Aquilini Wines to Eastern, WA, Michele has brought his critical eye to the operations, focusing on managing the vineyard in the most efficient and effective way.

Andrew Schultz Vineyard Manager
Andrew Schultz

CONSULTING VINEYARD MANAGER

A long-standing passion for the wine industry, leadership skills honed in the Iraqi desert, and an education in both viticulture and enology have led Andrew to where he is today: roaming the fields of the Red Mountain AVA. In 2012, while researching Grapevine Leafroll Virus epidemiology, Andrew was hired to manage Hattrup Farms’ Elephant Mountain and Sugarloaf Vineyards in the Yakima Valley AVA. Since honing his craft there, Andrew has worked with over 25 different grape varietals in Washington and 25 different clones. Andrew specializes in coaxing the individual personalities of each varietal and delicately refining the timing required to achieve optimal quality.

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