Lawrence Vineyards’ picturesque view of the Royal Slope is outdone in beauty only by what nature beautifully illustrates in the grapes –
and ultimately the wine it produces.
After farming the Royal Slope for more than 40 years, we developed our first block of vineyard in 2003 and haven’t slowed down except to enjoy the fruits of our labor in the occasional glass.
Lawrence Vineyards is now comprised of six distinct vineyard sites: Corfu Crossing, Scarline, La Reyna Blanca, Laura Lee, Solaksen, and Thunderstone. Lawrence Vineyards also manages the privately owned vineyards, Boneyard and Stoneridge, and together with partner Tom Merkle also own the renowned Conner Lee vineyard in the Columbia Valley, and also Desert Wind vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. All vineyards are farmed using sustainable growing practices.
We pride ourselves in clonal selection, and currently grow the following grape varietals:
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Grenache,
Malbec, Merlot, Mouvedre, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Tempranillo.
Albarino, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Roussanne,
Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier.
If you are interested in purchasing wine grapes from Lawrence Vineyards, please contact us.
In addition to growing grapes for some of Washington’s finest wineries, we also source a portion of our grapes for our own award-winning estate winery, Gård Vintners.
Lawrence Vineyards is a part of Lawrence Enterprises, the parent organization for the family's diverse agri-business operations, including Gård Vintners (estate winery), Lawrence Orchards and cold storage, Lawrence Farms, and our partnership in Pine Canyon (fruit packing). More info at www.lawrenceenterprises.com.
ABOUT THE ROYAL SLOPE
The Royal Slope is a relatively young farming area located in eastern Washington almost halfway between Seattle and Spokane in the Columbia Valley AVA, just northeast of the Wahluke Slope AVA and southeast of the Ancient Lakes of Washington AVA.
Royal City, a semi-arid desert with approximately 6-8 inches of precipitation annually, was founded only after irrigation started to become available from the Grand Coulee Dam by way of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project in the late 1950s. The city was officially incorporated in1962. The naming of the area has always been a mystery. Early pioneers referred to the area as the Royal Flats, and early maps described the area as the Royal Slope. Local folklore offers a story of a pair of Scotsmen who climbed the Saddle Mountains and drank in the view of the south-canted topography – perfect for farming – and remarked, "Now that's a Royal Slope."
Today, this small farming community is most known for producing a wide variety of crops, thanks to a long growing season, favorable soil types and access to irrigation. In addition to wine grapes, the Lawrence farm produces apples, cherries, hay, wheat, dried beans and other crops.
ABOUT THE ROYAL SLOPE AVA
The Royal Slope AVA was established by the federal government in the fall of 2020 to recognize the uniqueness of the area for wine grapes. The AVA is comprised primarily of the gentle south-facing slopes of an east-west trending range of the Frenchman Hills along the greater Royal Slope area.
Josh & Lisa Lawrence
VITICULTURIST & PRODUCTION WINEMAKER
MANAGER & BONEYARD OWNER