Cayuse Vineyards

509-526-0686 17 East Main St. PO Box 1602
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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Cayuse is a winery located in Walla Walla, Washington. It was founded in the late 1990s by winemaker Christophe Baron, son of Champagne producers for Baron Albert. On a visit to the area in 1996, he stumbled upon an unsullied bit of rocky soil on the Oregon side of the Washington/Oregon border. He suspected this territory had vast similarities in terroir and climate with some of the most prestigious French regions in the Rhone valley and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Ignoring naysayers, he acted on his intuition and decided to establish vineyards. These types of conditions force vines to dig deep for moisture, resulting in concentrated, structured fruit. He named the wine for the Cayuse, a Native American tribe, themselves named after the French word “cailloux” (“rocks”). The vineyards are mostly planted with Syrah, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Roussane, Tempranillo and Viognier. Shortly after Baron produced his first vintage, Read more »

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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  • Most press trips are dominated by wall to wall tastings and seminars run at an ... an ... the very beginning Cayuse vineyards were farmed organically and in 2002 Cayuse became the first domaine in Walla Walla (great name for Christophe’s one man London debut) to implement biodynamic viticulture. Cayuse crushed its first biodynamic fruit for t... Read More

    From the article A Washington Winery Worth Watching

  • Any favorite wines/wineries in this area? planning a spring trip starting in the columbia gorge and heading towards Yakima. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Columbia gorge

  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Cayuse Bionic Frog 2009


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    Wine review by mark

  • Dmucker - Cayuse makes a few bottlings. That's an interesting one because I'm not sure where I'd put them. but they may fit in. Copain isn't quite in that group, but I do like their wines - recently went through a case because they have big bottoms and I was running out of boxes.I'm no expert, but after 15 wines from different vineyards, I think... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...

  • I love N. Rhone Syrah.  It's my favorite red wine in France.  But the acreage of the region is so small and the area that provide its best wines even smaller, that prices have hit the roof.  Sure, there are a few St. Josephs and Crozes-Hermitages that come in around $25, but those are either made for earlier drinking and a lot less thrilling wit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...

  • Sean Sullivan recently published and updated a list of his top 100 or so wines of 2012, with predictable results. Cayuse, Quilceda Creek, Leonetti all occupy the top 3 spots, followed by a few mid tier standards like Betz, Reynvaan, Maison Bleue, Grammercy. Well, I should say I'm just starting to get to know these names and also starting to buy ... Read More

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  • I am a dyed in the wool fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots, Sangiovese's and a few Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio's. I am trying to widen my spectrum to include Pinot Noir's. I live in the Pacific Northwest so the Pinot Noir's are readily available due to the large varieties from Oregon.Before I embark on purchasing some different brands I would l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir's

  • Planning a trip to Walla Walla this summer. Any recommendations for wineries to visit, restaurants to try, other things to see etc? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Walla Walla Weekend

  • Cayuse Syrah Walla Walla Valley Cailloux Vineyard 2001


    This was a wonderfully complex wine, with core of blue and blackberries, good mix of spices, overtones of meatiness, leather adn cigar box. Long, spicy finish and silky tannins. This wine still has several good years left. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9

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