' Desert Wind Winery - Fries Family History


From the very first harvest in 1994, the Fries family marveled at the intensely concentrated fruit produced by their Desert Wind Vineyard--fruit perfect for crafting wines with immense structure and aging potential. In 2001, the family introduced Desert Wind wines in order to showcase this exceptional vineyard through its own wine brand. The original lineup consisted of just four offerings--an elegant Semillon and three refined reds, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and their flagship red blend known as Ruah, each with 3-5 years of barrel aging.

In 2004, the family built a crush pad and wine production facility in Prosser, Washington, allowing them to process the fruit and age wines in close proximity to their vineyard sites. Three years later, they opened Desert Wind Winery, an immense Santa Fe-inspired destination housing a tasting room, banquet facility and luxury overnight accommodations.

In recent years, Desert Wind’s lineup has expanded to include many additional varietals, many of which are available only to wine club members or through the tasting room and website. However, the commitment to producing finely crafted, age-worthy red wines and terroir-driven white wines remains the same.