The original opening of the Los Rocosos Vineyard’s tasting was scheduled for the Spring of 2020 but alas, we all know what happened……
The unexpected delay was a boon to the vineyard that allowed for the bottling of several new varietals to offer to the public to bring the total to nine offerings for 2021.
Los Rocosos Vineyards are located on the Eastern side of the Rocks District of Milton Freewater, Oregon , American Viticultural Area (AVA, in the Walla Walla Valley. This is the only AVA in the US based on geology. The Rocks District is a 5.2 square mile deposit of basalt cobble, 80 feet deep, left there by the Missoula Floods some 14,000 years ago. “The Rocks” do two things for grapes grown on them; 1) They absorb heat and release it slowly which extends the growing season and 2), impart a “minerality” to the wines made from these grapes, that is not found in any other domestic wines.’
Los Rocosos Vineyards’ tasting room is possibly the smallest tasting room in the Walla Walla Valley but is located at the vineyard where guests can see the progression of the grapes throughout the growing season. It features a small, tastefully appointed interior space with custom wood throughout and art from local artists on the walls. The covered patio area has several seating areas, a fire pit, plants, and a place set up specifically for musicians.
The tastings and sales are done by the owner himself and just recently opened up to drop-in guests during the working hours of 11 to 6, Thursday though Sunday. Other times and special events can be coordinated by appointment.
The Estate and Reserve offerings include Mourvedre, a GSM, a Grenache/Syrah/Grenache Blanc co-ferment, a Merlot, a Malbec, a Sangiovese red, and a Sangiovese Rose. Los Rocosos produces less than a thousand cases per year and are available online at LosRocosos.Com, at the Great Pacific Wine and Beer Company in Pendelton, and at the tasting room.
Los Rocosos Vineyards is also “dog friendly” and is planning on installing a charging station for electric vehicles.
All grapes are sustainably grown without herbicides and pesticides, and are hand harvested.
Feel free to contact Roger Lemstrom, Owner and Vigneron, at 541.306.1290.