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Newhouse History

The patriarch of the Yakima Valley Newhouse's family, John Newhouse, first settled in the area more than 100 years ago, emigrating from his native Holland at the age of 21. Long before the family held title to the land on Snipes Mountain, he labored in the fields and was involved in digging the first irrigation canals that would ultimately crisscross the valley and, to this day, provide precious water to the vineyards and orchards that blanket Snipes Mountain.

In 1917, agricultural visionary W. B. Bridgman planted the first wine grapes on Snipes Mountain, which was informally referred to as the uplands, including a block of Muscat still used for wine today. Nearly 20 years later, Bridgman founded Upland Winery.

As the years passed and Bridgman's operation grew, the Newhouse family established itself in the Yakima Valley with a dairy, feedlot and hop yards. In 1966, John's son, Alfred, began cultivating orchards: cherry, apple and other stone fruits on Snipes Mountain.

In 1972, Alfred purchased Bridgman's land on Snipes Mountain. Over the years, Alfred and his sons, Steve and John, expanded the acreage and the number of varietals grown in the area while continuing to husband the varieties already planted. A block of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1973, currently produces a delicious old vine wine.

In 2008, Alfred's grandson, Todd Newhouse, filed to name the Snipes Mountain growing region as a distinct American Viticultural Area (AVA). In 2009, the application was approved and Snipes Mountain became Washington’s 10th and second smallest appellation in size at 4,145 acres.

Today, Alfred's branch of the Newhouse family operates vineyards and orchards on Snipes Mountain under the name of Upland Vineyards, in keeping with the historic familiarity of the area.

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