History of Syncline Winery
Poppie and James met during the harvest of 1997 while working together in the cellar at a custom crush house in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Shortly after, they had fallen madly in love, married, and began plans for a new endeavor: a winery of their own.
They relocated their home to the Columbia River Gorge; passion for Rhône wines led them to explore the emerging potential of vineyards in Washington State.
Inspired by the early efforts of Rhone and Burgundy varietals sampled from Washington vineyards, Syncline’s first vintage in 1999 consisted of 76 cases of Celilo Vineyard Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1973. The next year, production was increased to include Syrah and Grenache from Eastern Washington. At the same time, they began working with growers to plant Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, and Carignan.
They purchased land ideal for planting vines in 2003 and began building and planting what is now 11 acres of producing vineyards and a boutique-sized winemaking facility.
They have kept production under 5,000 cases annually to ensure intimacy with each barrel and every vine.
The naming of Syncline Winery
Syncline Winery is located along the Columbia River in southern Washington State. The location, in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, is a unique place for growing wine grapes. The estate vineyard, Steep Creek Ranch, is located on a southern slope on the new Columbia Gorge AVA’s very eastern edge. Directly west of the vineyard and winery is a series of 300-foot cliffs rising into the surrounding mountains straight out of the Columbia River. Locally known as the “Coyote Wall Syncline” and geologists as the “Bingen Syncline,” this dramatic feature gives the winery its name. It is at this point that the rainy western Columbia Gorge transitions to the semi-arid eastern Gorge.