The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
‘The Rocks District’ is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries (96%) are dictated by a single soil series (Freewater Series) and a single land form (alluvial fan).
Final TTB approval of this 5.9 square mile (3767 acre) AVA within Walla Walla Valley was granted in 2015.
SJR Vineyard sits on the western border of this Oregon AVA. ‘The Rocks District’ is receiving international recognition for its wines, particularly Syrah. There is no denying the distinctive character of these wines. ‘The Rocks District’ advantages of water availability, excellent drainage and favorable climate provide the basis for global distinction. Small vineyard parcels of 'The Rocks District’ wine grapes have made their presence felt across the country over the last couple of decades by virtue of specialized farming practices and highly regarded wines being produced from these sought after wine grapes.
Importantly, diversity prevails within ‘The Rocks District’, and provides a framework for charting future vineyard development—where hands-on work, close proximity to the land and a discernable independent spirit represent a unique winegrowing culture opportunity.