ROCKGARDEN ESTATE

Nina purchased 10 acres of apple orchard in Milton-Freewater in late 2006. In 2008, we organically prepared and planted Buty’s Estate, Rockgarden. The famous cobblestones section of the Walla Walla Valley appellation is located in the southeast part of the valley. In the 5% highest elevation of the cobblestones, this Grand Cru section has been the most prized farming section since the Walla Walla Valley was settled over one hundred years ago. Grand Cru is defined and set apart from its neighbors by location, history and consistently superior wines. We waited years to buy only here. Anywhere else further out in the cobblestones would have been a compromise. Developing the Estate with one wine in mind—the Rediviva of the Stones—we have densely planted clones of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, mourvèdre, marsanne and roussanne.


Viticultural guru Dr. Phil Freese consulted on the initial groundwork for Rockgarden’s ideal varietals, clonal selections, vine density, row orientation, canopy design, yield planning and water needs.