Rulo Winery

About

We would like to thank all of you who support our winery by visiting and/or purchasing Rulo Wines. Your continued interest brings us great joy and reaffirms that we are producing quality wines for your drinking pleasure.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington.

Features

  • Our motto: RELIVE A MEMORY, REALIZE A DREAM.

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History

Rulo Winery was established in 2000. We produced our initial vintage at what is now Abeja Winery. Total production was just over 300 cases of Chardonnay, Rosé and Red Table Wine. In late 2000, we purchased ∼6 acres of property in south Walla Walla and in 2001 built our winery. Current total production is at 2600 cases of Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Rulo label and logo is three of the six grain silos which comprise the Rulo grain elevator station. All grain elevators in the valley are named and the location of one's farm is typically associated in relation to its nearest grain elevator station. We refer to this as, "farmer GPS." This active elevator station is located NW of the winery by 11 miles. The picturesque drive to the Rulo elevator reminds us all of the agricultural background of the Walla Walla Valley. As we were going through the process of naming our winery, we chose to honor the history of the wheat industry and combine it with the burgeoning new grape industry and adopted the name RULO.

Practices & Techniques

Due to concerns surrounding cork taint (TCA) contamination and synthetic closure longevity, Rulo Winery is proud to be 100% screwcap as we feel this is the best currently available closure for wine, period.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Birch Creek Vineyard:

Owners Jim and Regina Vandersloot purchased this vineyard, formerly known as the Vanessa Vineyard, from the Farley family in 2003. The vineyard is located approximately 2.5 miles directly south of the winery and we have received Chardonnay from this site since our inception in 2000. The soil composition is silt loam which was created by the back water deposits of the Missoula floods.

Boushey Vineyard:

Dick Boushey, one of the founding growers in the Yakima Valley, grows white varieties: Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Picpoul and the red variety, Grenache Noir, for us at his vineyards just NW of Prosser, WA. We enjoy the cooler growing site he has relative to many AVA's in the state.

Clifton, Clifton Hill, and Sundance Vineyard:

Butch and Jerry Milbrandt farm vineyards in the Wahluke Slope AVA and soon to be Ancient Lakes AVA. We have Syrah holdings at Clifton and Clifton Hill and Chardonnay from the Sundance Vineyard. The Wahluke Slope terrain is that of alluvial fan (gravel and sand, minimal top soil). Ancient Lakes is a cooler site with calcareous soil. www.milbrandtvineyards.com

Kiona Estate and Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyard:

Scott Williams farms these two vineyards on Red Mountain from which we receive grapes: the Syrah from Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon from the original block planting his father planted in 1975 and 1976. Red Mountain is largely influenced by the Missoula Floods and the soil type is gravel, sand and clay in varying deposits.

River Rock Vineyard:

Dana Dibble, an orchardist by trade, planted the River Rock Vineyard in early 2001. As one of the original wineries to have grapes planted in this new vineyard, we elected for Syrah and Viognier. The site is located south of Walla Walla in the old Walla Walla River bed; the soil is rocky and with great drainage. A second vineyard, Aussydna Vineyard, owned and farmed by Dibble was planted to grow Syrah and Chardonnay grapes for Rulo Winery in spring of 2008.

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Hours

By appointment only.

Address

3525 Pranger Road
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
United States

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