Malbec | White Salmon Vineyard, Columbia Gorge AVA

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Malbec has surged into vineyards with deep color and blueberry flavors with relatively low tannins. At low and high maturity it adds color and complexity to blends. White Salmon Vineyard is a cooler location, with higher acid and lighter body than Malbec from Eastern Washington and California. It is an ideal partner for Pinot Noir and Zinfandel as well as its Bordeaux neighbors. Every home winemaker’s cellar should have a carboy or two!

Product Quantity

19 Harvest - Malbec, White Salmon Vineyard



Frozen Black Grapes  Are sold as destemmed grapes. Yields are estimates and vary depending on the vintage, varietal and the winemaker’s pressing and racking style. All grapes listed under current inventory are frozen.

  • Pails contain 5 gallons of grapes, yielding approximately 2.5 – 3.5 gallons of finished wine.
  • Drums contain 425 pounds of grapes, yielding approximately 30 gallons of finished wine.
  • Delivery:
    • Pails can be shipped via FedEx, LTL or picked up at the freezer. We cannot FedEx drums.
    • FedEx Shipping – Orders from CA and OR ship at the same rate. If shipping to the Midwest or East Coast, select pails from PA for the best rate.

2019 Harvest Pre-order will launch in July. Pre-order is required on all fresh grape sales and recommended for frozen grapes to guarantee availability. For orders of a ton or more, please contact us now.

Fresh Black Grapes are sold by the pound as whole bunches with stems at harvest, (Typically September through October). Fresh Grapes cannot be shipped.

  • The minimum order for fresh grapes is 100 pounds. Special pricing is available for bulk orders over 2,000 pounds.
  • Fresh grapes are sold net, without containers and must be picked up at the processing site at harvest.
    • California grapes are processed in Petaluma, CA.
    • Oregon and Washington grapes are processed in Underwood WA, (1 hr. east of Portland, OR).
  • Destemming – Please request when you place your order. The destemming cost is 10 cents per pound. Stem weight is calculated at 6%. For example, 100 pounds of fresh grapes will yield 94 pounds of destemmed grapes.

Winemaking Thoughts

Malbec is traditionally used to add dark color in Bordeaux varietal blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. More recently, Malbec has been recognized as a fine varietal wine, most notably by producers in Chile. A great blender for high sugar Cab, Merlot, Zinfandel or Syrah.

Always check sugar against are stats as there are variations, especially when working with small quantities.

White Salmon Vineyard is a cooler site for Malbec, expressing earthy notes and solid acidity.




Underwood Mountain has recently been coined the “Burgundy of the Gorge.” This is because of the climate, the soil, and the ability to grow Burgundian style wines. White Salmon Vineyard grows some of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes not only in The Gorge but in the United States.

We listen to our grapes. They tell us what they need and how we can help them. We direct them like a conductor leads his orchestra. Each player knows how to play his instrument and all he needs is a good leader. Peter Brehm knows how to fine tune and direct his grapes.

We have forty-plus years of grape purchasing experience and 25 years of growing and processing experience.

In addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we also grow Syrah, Malbec Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Our goal has always been to provide the finest expression of each varietal by matching it to our very diverse vineyard’s terroir.

Try The Wine

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