Winery is a family-owned estate winery with two large vineyards. The
200 acre Arete Vineyards (Greek, meaning the culmination of all things
good), straddles the “Top of the Hill” at Radar Hill near Othello, WA
and was planted in 1983. Gewurztraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Chenin Blanc
and Riesling are grown on the northern slopes, and Chardonnay, Merlot,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah are grown on the
Alice Vineyards (named after Michael Taggares’ mother, Alice) lies along
the south slopes of Saddle Mountain in the newly-designated Waluke
AVA. Alice is comprised of 100 acres of exotic grape varieties including
Malbec, Mourvedre, Petite Verdot and Counoise grown for the Tagaris
“Old World style” wines. Other varieties such as Grenache, Tempranillo
and Pinot Gris are also grown at the Alice Vineyards, along with
traditional WA State varieties of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.
Situated perfectly along the southern slopes of the
Saddle Mountains and neighboring the prestigious Weinbeau and Rosebud
vineyards of the highly-regarded Wahluke AVA, Michael Vineyards consists
of 144 acres of organically grown vinifera grapes, including Cabernet
Sauvignon and Merlot for which the Wahluke AVA is best known and
lesser-known varieties Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Muscat Caneli,
Cinsault, Barbara and Sangiovese.
Tagaris' Winemaker Frank Roth has built his
reputation on single varietal wines from the winery's estate vineyards
and is quickly gaining nationwide attention for his ability to capture
the truest flavor profile of each variety.
Owner Michael Taggares' family background in
agriculture, and specifically viticulture, has been growing grapes since
1983 for many of Washington State's most highly recognized wines made
from organic grapes, such as Chateau Ste. Michelle's Snoqualmie Naked
wines and Badger Mountain/Powers' organic wines.