In 1972 John Williams and Jim Brooks bought acreage on what is now known as Red Mountain (between Kennewick and Prosser). After drilling for water they planted their first grapes in 1975 and sold their first grapes in 1978. The 1980 vintage was the first commercial vintage under the Kiona name. Through the Williams family vision and direction they have pioneered the Red Mountain AVA which is now considered by many to be Washington’s premier viticulture area.
Over the years Kiona not only has produced world class wines they are known as top notch farmers and sell wine grapes to over 80 of Washington’s top producers. Still family owned their estate vineyard and tasting room is an iconic spot on the Red Mountain. Kiona consistently produces quality wines at tremendous value and was recently recognized as Wine Press Northwest Winery of the Year. “Kiona is a winery steeped in the pioneering spirit on Red Mountain. Kiona literally plowed the road for others to follow and continues to guide the way with high-quality viticulture and winemaking over nearly five decades.” ~ Andy Purdue
Nectar’s connection to Kiona dates back to Josh (the owner) and the early days of blogging on DrinkNectar.com. Josh met JJ Williams, third generation at a wine tasting. It was clear that Kiona was delivering huge quality to price ratio with wines like their Lemberger and Cab/Merlot blend (now the Estate Cuvee). Both of these wines made Josh’s top wines for under $15 list
Stop by and taste six Kiona wines during the month of May for only $10. There is a $5 credit toward a bottle purchase. Learn more about Kiona and their impact on the Red Mountain here.