Cave B Estate Winery Welcomes you….
OUR STORY: In 1980 Seattle-based neurosurgeon Vincent Bryan II, along with his wife Carol, purchased a several-hundred acre parcel of land high on the cliffs above the Columbia River. The closest town was Quincy and the nearest paved road was interstate 90, six miles away. The Bryans had been on a year-long quest to find land in Washington State which was similar in latitude to the great wine-growing regions of France, and which had both the soils and microclimates needed to grow premium grapes.
When Vince and Carol Bryan chose this land for their vineyards, they immediately saw that they had also received much more than they bargained for. They were now in possession of a piece of land which was extraordinary in its natural drama and beauty. To have such amazing conditions for the growing of premium wine grapes, coupled with a location so stunning in its sweeping, panoramic gorge cliffs, valleys and views, was extraordinary. There was no mistaking it.
But the goal was the vineyards and the Bryans immediately set to work planting on this land which until that point had only seen the grazing of cattle and the growing of alfalfa. Four acres of white wine grapes were planted initially, followed the next year by a more ambitious 50 acre planting. As it became clear that the site, indeed, was ideal for growing vinifera grapes, the first winery: Champs de Brionne came into being in 1984. The ultimate goal was to have the premier estate winery in the state. The excitement of possibility was in the very air; nearly palpable. The soils and the microclimates gave the promise of potentially great wines.
But how could they introduce Washingtonians to Champs de Brionne wines? How to get them to come to this new grape growing region “in the middle of nowhere”?
This question was in the back of the Bryans’ minds as they hosted some friends, taking them on a hike on the property, as had become the custom. Near the top of the cliff leading down into the “little gorge,” there was a strangely wonderful natural bowl in the cliff side. Carol and friends walked down the bowl to the bottom, and Vince remained at the top. Soon Vince noted he could hear every word they were speaking, over 1,000 feet below. This was the first indication of the amazing natural acoustics provided by the “bowl” on the cliff. An idea was born: music! Always, wine and music had been together in the Bryans’ minds as birds of the same feather. They were complementary; one enhancing the enjoyment of the other. And with acoustics such as this…