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The Family Vineyard Rows

Jim Bloom has managed the award winning Middleridge Vineyards outside of Hopland for over 25 years. As manager there he won "Grape Grower of the Year" from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with his Sauvignon Blanc for Windsor Winery.

When Jim and his late wife Ranee purchased their farm in Sanel Valley outside of Hopland they asked family and friends to come help them plant the first rows of grapes. They put plaques at the end of each row designating who planted the row.

jacob planting grapesken and his row

Jacob plants his row in 1996.       Ken inspects his row in 2006.

  • The first harvest was 1998, and Ken and Virginia traveled to California to help with that first harvest and each year since then. Jim makes sure the best grapes are saved for Bloom Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

A NEW VINEYARD IS PLANTED FOR BLOOMS

  • Ken and Virginia have spent time each summer and fall visiting vineyards in Eastern Washington walking the rows tasting grapes and talking to growers to find the best grapes to make their Washington wines.
  • The main source of grapes is in the Rattlesnake Hills region of the Yakima Valley, where the Syrah and Viognier from Julie Bosma were grown. Julie Bosma has since planted a new section of vineyard exclusively for Blooms Winery, so we now have an Estate Vineyard and source our Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Malbec and Petit Verdot there, with several more varieties to come!
  • Whidbey Island grown grapes, when available are from our few rows and sometimes from other local vineyards.
  • And of course, we do grow our own rhubarb for that fabulous Ambrosia wine that folks love so much!

The Grapes Are Ready

the whole family helps

Harvest is less work when the whole family helps out!

grapes being harvested with help

Watching the Newly Planted Vineyard

Semillon at harvest Semillon at Bosma Vineyards Rattlesnake HIlls

Ken likes the new vineyard Ken is pleased with the progress of the new vineyard in a visit in early spring of 2012. The first harvest, although a small one, was early as the 2013 vintage! Many more good years and fine wine to come!