Why Organic? Why Biodynamic?
Wilridge’s reason for existence is to create some of the best wines and spirits in the world. Wilridge first pursued Organic and Biodynamic certification in its quest for quality. Simply put, the best wines in the world come from Organic and Biodynamic vineyards.
Another reason is that Washington State is as close to a perfect place to grow grapes organically as there is on planet earth. Wilridge’s Estate Vineyard and Orchard is in the Naches Heights AVA (American Viticultural Area) and protected by the Cascade mountain range. The Naches Heights AVA receives over 300 days of sunshine per year and so little precipitation during the growing season that the grapes, pears, and apples have to be irrigated. This means Wilridge has total control of the water supply for its vines and trees and therefore total control of their growth.
With little to no rain during the growing season, Wilridge does not have to spray the harsh chemicals conventional. With little or no rain during harvest, Wilridge does not have to worry about the vintage being ruined by rot as do vignerons in wetter regions. Therefore, the question should not be: “Why is Wilridge certified Organic and Biodynamic?” It should be: “Why aren’t more vineyards in Eastern Washington wine country doing the same?”