Badger Mountain Vineyard & Winery is the sister winery to Powers Winery and makes organic and "No Sulfite Added" wines from Estate grown fruit.
Badger Mountain/Powers Winery is owned by Tim and Carolyn DeCook. First bottling ocurred in 1992. Badger Mountain wines are all grown at the Estate Vineyard from organic fruit. Bottling into the Powers Winery label allows the winery to produce high quality wines made from varietals not growing in their organic vineyard. Each year Bill Powers works closely with regional growers to ensure the highest quality fruit with the best potential.
More About Badger Mountain Organic Winery
The transition to organic viticulture began in 1988. Since that time the winery has not used chemical herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers in our vineyard. They 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.
Badger Mountain balances tradition and technology to
produce a wide array of classic varietal wines, as well as limited bottlings
of wines with no added sulfites (preservatives). The winery continues to
be committed to producing premium wine, which has become nationally and
internationally recognized for its consistent high quality.
Bill Powers - General
As a young man, Bill came to Washington State from Oklahoma. After approximately 20 years as an orchardist, Bill took a brief excursion into the cattle business from 1978-1981. In 1981, Bill found the perfect piece of ground and planted Badger Mountain Vineyard in 1982. As the vineyard matured, the grapes were sold to Chateau St. Michelle from 1985 to 1987, with some of the 1987 harvest made into wine and sold in bulk. In 1988, wine was produced and bottled under the Badger Mountain label. Also during 1988, Bill's farming philosophy changed as he decided to pursue organic viticulture. With the transition to organic techniques underway, the winery was built in 1989. In 1990, Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first Certified Organic Vineyard in Washington State and Bill made international sales contacts. Sales of organic wine were made to a Japanese company and the relationship between Bill and the Japanese buyer has remained prosperous for both over the years.
Bill is always interested in improving the quality of the vineyard and 1996 saw the move towards re-trellising using the Scott-Henry system. The work was finally completed in 1998. Bill was named 1996 Washington Wine Grape Grower of the Year, an award which was bestowed by his colleagues for his progressive techniques and excellent recovery of the vineyard after the devastating freeze in the winter of 1996. Bill continues to take an active role overseeing all aspects of the vineyard and the winery, and in his spare moments enjoys the company of his wife and grandchildren.
USE OF SULFITES -
What are sulfites and why are they used?
Is the addition of sulfites to wine a new procedure?
Are there also naturally occurring sulfites in wines?
When did the Contains Sulfites label become mandatory on wines?
Why the Concern?
What percentage of the population do sulfites affect?
What is the sulfite level in Badger Mountain wines?
How does this level compare with other foods?