Our Winegrowing Philosophy

Threemile Vineyard is for great winemakers to discover their own truth about this special place and the wines it can produce.

 

Threemile Vineyard is a legacy property dedicated to producing the highest quality fruit to discerning winemakers looking to craft world-class wines that express the distinct characteristics of a unique terroir found above the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Employing expertise in everything from irrigation, to vine nutrition and precision vineyard management, Threemile Vineyard is farmed by the block and row using sustainable, organic techniques to deliver impeccable fruit at harvest.

Threemile reflects Mitchell Lewis & Staver’s 135 year commitment to agriculture in the Northwest and it embodies the founder’s deep and abiding love for living systems and tending nature.

Technical Resources
Interactive Varietal Map

Detailed information by vineyard block.

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Live Weather Monitoring

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Threemile Virtual Tour

Fly through Threemile Vineyard and see different blocks in 360 degrees.

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Irrigation System Updates

Mitchell Ag Investments Irrigation System Improvements, 2018–2020.

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Master Plan
Vineyard landscape architecture with block designate information.

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Soil Information
Learn about Threemile Vineyard’s primary soil and read our soil survey by the USDA NRC.

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Climate Comparison
The Dalles climate data compared to other wine growing regions.

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It was the raw beauty that first attracted us

The dry hills above the Columbia River Gorge are a unique manifestation of its extraordinary geologic history. There is no other place on earth like this. We knew that the steep hills dotted with oak trees and basalt coulees had never seen a grapevine. The half-buried ruins of an old tractor were all that remained to prove that someone had failed to tame this land before. Standing on the savanna and finding a mule deer antler, it was easy to imagine 500 generations of native people chasing mule deer in these very hills. While cognizant of that history, we knew were pioneers on this land, trying something no one had done before. That is the inspiration for Threemile Vineyard.

It is also why the technical information we have provided to you is so important to understanding our vision for this land. A legacy agricultural project must be sustainable, it must rely on organic and natural viticulture, and most importantly, it must be capable producing grapes that yield the finest table wines in the world. To support our vision we engaged experts to analyze every aspect of the soil and climate to determine exactly which varietals would succeed. It is also why we designed and installed a state of the art irrigation platform that will compensate for the vagaries of a dry climate.

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