Copeland Vineyard

Established in 2000, Two Mountain is a family-owned vineyard that draws on the experience of three generations who have farmed this site. Brothers Matthew and Patrick Rawn own and operate Copeland Vineyard

Touring Region

Open to the Public
Yes

Yearly Production (in acres)
26

Variety List
Syrah
Rose
Riesling
Merlot
Lemberger
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay

Matt and Patrick Rawn host a series of hands-on experiences in Two Mountain Vineyard each year for those who want a taste of life as a wine grape grower. For additional event information and registration, visit Two Mountain Winery’s website at www.twomountainwinery.com or call 509.829.3900.

Vineyard Crew – Four Times Annually

Two Mountain Winery’s “Vineyard Crew” lets wine lovers and aspiring viticulturists unleash their inner farmers and learn what it takes to grow premium wine grapes in the heart of Yakima Valley. Vineyard Crew sessions are led by Two Mountain Vineyard manager Patrick Rawn, with support from winemaker Matt Rawn. From pruning to thinning, verasion to harvest, crew members tend to assigned Vineyard Crew vines at four key growing periods during the year so they experience the grape growing cycle first hand. Each of the four, half-day sessions includes a finger-filthying enological experience followed by wine and appetizers in the Two Mountain cellar. Vineyard Crew members receive generous discounts of 15 percent off per bottle/20 percent off per case, an exclusive member tee-shirt and, of course, dirty hands and serious bragging rights. Priced at $85 per person or $150 per couple.

Winemaker for a Day – October 18, 2008

Find out if you can hack it as a winemaker when you join Two Mountain winemaker Matt Rawn for a hands-on day at the winery’s annual Winemaker for a Day event held in October. This exclusive event features the opportunity to participate in the most exciting time of year in a winery – harvest and crush. The first hour will be spent in Two Mountain Vineyard with Patrick Rawn, examining the vines and learning how to determine when the grapes are ready for harvest. Participants will roll up their sleeves and head to the Two Mountain cellar for the second hour, where they’ll learn about and take part in the process of crush. With hands-on guidance, they’ll learn how to read brix through a hydrometer, take temperature readings, participate in punch-down and learn about the fermentation process. At only $25 per person, this annual experience sells out very quickly.

Our Story

Copeland Vineyard, named after our great grandma, Gladys Copeland Schmidt who moved to the Yakima Valley with her family in 1908, is planted on property our family has farmed since 1954. Located in the Rattlesnake Hills area of the Yakima Valley, Washington state’s oldest appellation, Copeland Vineyard continues our family’s heritage or farming in the Yakima Valley.

We planted Copeland in the spring of 2000 to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional. We are true believers in the idea each bottle of wine we produce starts in the vineyard and put every resource necessary to produce premium fruit for premium wines. Luckily Copeland Vineyard makes our job easy.

The Cascade mountain range provides a wonderful rain-shadow effect on our vineyard, which is situated on a south-facing slope 1,293 feet above sea level. We have a very warm site, averaging 2980 degree days with an ideal 190 day growing season and annual precipitation of only approximately six inches. Warm days and cool nights provide the Yakima Valley with near-perfect growing conditions, allowing the both white and red grape varietals to fully express their classic characteristics. During the last ice age, the great Missoula Floods deposited ancient volcanic sediment across the region, creating a rich blend of sandy and rocky soils that shape the distinct character of our vineyard. Our award-winning wines are truly a reflection of the perfect location and climate in which they were grown; the Copeland Vineyard.

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