Jameson: How long have you been making wine from Lemberger at Kiona? What is its place in the history of the winery and the history of Washington wine?
JJ: We planted our first Lemberger vines in 1976. The first two wines released under the Kiona name were a Chenin Blanc and a Lemberger, both from the 1980 vintage. Kind of weird wines to start out with, but that's how we roll I guess. This is, unless someone can prove to us otherwise, the first commercial release of the Lemberger varietal in the United States. We are just finishing up with the 2010 vintage, so we've been at it for 30 years.
We now have 13.1 acres of Lemberger at the Kiona Estate vineyard on Red Mountain. We sell anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 cases a year, although it's not a high priced wine. The $15 MSRP probably makes it the most affordable 100% Red Mountain red wine in existence.
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