Vineyards: 23 acres; 5 acres of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Nebbiolo, Barbera; 6 additional acres planted 1998 including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, more Petite Sirah, more Barbera.
Kenn and Linda Adcock started out their married life in Vancouver, WA, where Kenn worked in the printing business. Work later took them to Tacoma and then LA, where both the entrepreneurial bug and the wine bug bit. They decided to return to the Columbia Gorge, where Linda had grown up.
In 1986 they planted their first Merlot grapes, on property that was previously a sheep ranch owned by Malcom Crawford. Columbia Cliffs Winery was born in 1990, with Kenn as the winemaker. In April of 1996 they changed the name to Cascade Cliffs Winery. In 1997, their production was 600 cases.
In December 1997 the winery was bought by the current group, and has increased capacity to 2500 cases. Bob Lorkowski is the winemaker and general manager. He has worked for various northwest wineries including Chinook, Cavatappi, Paul Thomas, and Bonair, and attended workshops at U. C. Davis and WA State.
The Wines: (Spring 1997)
Bob Lorkowski 1997-present
Kenn Adcock 1990-1997
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