Father and son, Bill and Greg Powers established Badger Mountain Vineyard in 1982. In 1983 they were joined by a partner, Tim DeCook, and started producing premier wines at their 80-acre estate winery. The estate is situated on a south-facing slope of Badger Mountain in the Columbia Valley, Washington State’s finest viticultural area. The climate is well suited for world-class vinifera grapes, with weeks of 85-95 degree Fahrenheit daytime temperatures during the summer, and winters cold enough to eliminate
vineyard pests. The average annual rainfall of less than eight inches, combined with deep, well-drained volcanic soil, allows for precisely controlled application of water through irrigation.
The transition to organic viticulture began in 1988. Since that time we have not used chemical herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers in our vineyard. We have relied on only organically approved and naturally occurring substances for all vineyard applications. In 1990, Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first vineyard to be Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The production of premium fruit is virtually assured by advantageous use of our assets: favorable location, climate, volcanic soil, and organic techniques.
During 1992, production of the Powers label wines began. Bottling under the Powers Winery label allows us to produce high quality wines made from vineyard sources other than our organic vineyard. We have sought out the best growers to take the fullest advantage of the various microclimates found throughout the Columbia Valley. Each year, Bill works closely with these grape growers to ensure we will receive the highest quality fruit with the best potential to make wine worthy of the consistent excellence we have come to expect from Powers Winery. Powers wines have been recognized by such notables as the Wine Spectator, which has referred to the winery as a “rising star”, and recently Wine Enthusiast named Powers Winery as one of the “50 Great U.S. Cabernet Producers.”
Badger Mountain balances tradition and technology to produce a wide array of classic varietal wines, as well as limited bottlings of organic wines with no added sulfites (preservatives). We continue to be committed to producing premium wine, which has
become nationally and internationally recognized for its consistent high quality. Now there is some evidence that Badger Mountain produces some of the healthiest wines in the world, according to an article in Wine & Health Magazine, Spring 2004. Powers Winery varietals reflect the vast potential for world-class wines from Washington’s best known appellations.