We Develop For the Long Term
Our family owned business took roots in the Columbia Gorge over a century ago. With humble beginnings growing trees and sawing lumber, our core values still include multi-generational sustainability, commitment to commiunity and stewardship of the land. The name flume is honoring the Broughton Flume marvel, that at a 9 mile length, was the last working flume to be used in the United States.
We recognize and respect this land that has supported our family, business and community for more than 100 years - and now give life to Flume Family Vineyard.
At Flume Family Vineyards, a thriving community is integral to how we do business. We make decisions that promote the long-term health of our people, the environment, and our businesses. Above all, we promote a culture of balance and moderation, and are working within the industry to create more sustainable practices.
Our grapes are managed by lifetime Underwood Mountain farmer, Clark Ziegler, while we've partnered with the region's leading wine maker, Rich Cushman, to develop our wines. Together, we are proud to present Flume wines produced in the Columbia Gorge and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
The soil, air, climate, and farming techniques all work in unison to produce fine wines known for their distinctive taste. Elevation is critial to the quality of grapes; and ours thrive at 1,000 feet in ideal loam soil, on the southeastern slopes of Underwood Mountain.
We strive to make wines of elegance and balance, wines that reflect the unique flavors and textures that grow on our land. Simple winemaking allows the site and varietal to shine here. Simply cold-soaked for four days prior to fermentation. Punched down by hand during fermentation then pressed just before dryness. Aged only in neutral oak to keep the variety and site shining through. By creating exceptional small-batch and well-balances wines, Flume varietals display the best of our region's grapes.
Every member of our organization is committed to treading lightly on the earth so that our vineyards, our wines, and our people will be around for as long as our wines are in demand. Our primary motivation is that we do these things because they are the right way to live and engage in business.