|Ryan Patrick Vineyards|
For Terry Flanagan, owner of Ryan Patrick Vineyards, growing grapes and producing wine was a dream just waiting to be realized. Flanagan grew up working on his father's farm located near the small rural community of Quincy, Washington. After a long business career working at other endeavors out of the country, the appeal of returning to the farm to grow grapes and make wine became overwhelming. Perhaps the old saying, "you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy," is true after all.
Flanagan returned to Eastern Washington full-time upon retirement in
1996. He implemented the first phase of his plan by selecting the ideal
location for his family's
Ryan Patrick Vineyards houses three distinctly separate estate vineyards, each divided into 20-acre parcels. The Bishop's Vineyard was planted in 1996 and is located on a peninsula on the banks of the Columbia River with vertical basalt cliffs rising several hundred feet immediately to the east. The Homestead Vineyard was planted next in 1998 on a portion of the original Flanagan family homestead. The newest vineyard, Vivian's Vineyard, is located near Trinidad on southern slopes overlooking the Columbia Gorge.
Ryan Patrick Vineyards produce two wines, a Chardonnay and a Red Blend. Each wine reflects the terroir of individual vineyards and the meticulous attention paid to each individual plant. The Chardonnay is made from 100% estate grown grapes split evenly between Bishop's Vineyard and Homestead Vineyard. The Red Blend is a traditional Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
"From the beginning, our goal was to produce limited quantities of reserve quality wines," explains Flanagan. "Volume was never a priority." Ryan Patrick vintners select only the most promising grapes from which to produce their wines. This sentiment is carried throughout the entire winemaking process. Traditional winemaking principles are paired with only the finest fruit. The result is wines that are balanced, well integrated and fruit forward. They can be enjoyed immediately or cellared for additional depth and complexity.
Ryan Patrick wines are the embodiment of a dream woven into years of dedication and hard work. Terry Flanagan initiated this "path" but is directly influenced by the support of his family. Vivian, his wife of over thirty years helps coordinate administrative aspects of the business while Flanagan's two sons- Ryan and Patrick, served as the inspiration for the company's name. Both sons work within the wine industry- one as an apprentice cellar master, the other as a Contract Administrator.
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