It’s universally know that great wines are a result of great grapes and the skill of a fine winemaker. At Eliseo Silva, we‘re lucky to have both! The source of our grapes? First and foremost, Tagaris Vineyards 200 acre Areté Vineyards. Planted in 1983, this verdant site straddles the “Top of the Hill” at Radar Hill near Othello, WA in Washington State’s Columbia Valley and exhibits some of the best terroir in the state. 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 south-facing slope.
The younger 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 new grape varieties Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and Counoise grown for the Tagaris “Nouveau-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.