In 1981 Sergio Martinez and his wife Kristy planted a small vineyard located on the Horse Heaven Hills American Viticulture Area (AVA) in a distinct area called Phinny Hill. Phinny Hill is known in the wine industry to have exceptionally unique geological and geographical characteristics that have contributed to some of the best wines in Washington. The vineyard was planted on an Eastern facing slope with Cabernet Sauvignon vines. These vines are the direct descendants of the vines from the very first Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard (on Phinny Hill) planted by Don and Linda Mercer, with advice and direction of Walter Clore; the Washington State University researcher whose work was instrumental in starting the Washington Wine Industry.