Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery is an honest reflection of the Monson family’s shared family vision, stewardship of the land, and commitment to artisan winemaking.
The Monson family has been farming the Columbia Valley for over four decades. It started in the early 1900’s when M.L. “Van” Monson left North Dakota for the Yakima Valley with a love for farming and a dream of starting a family business he could pass on to the next generation. Cattle and orchards occupied the Monson family in eastern Washington’s Columbia Valley until 1998, when they planted their first vines.
Van’s son, Arvid, and his wife Suzanne saw viticulture on the rise in Washington, and little by little began adding acreage to their vineyard. Known for their meticulous commitment to quality farming, the Monsons plotted, planned and planted their Estate Vineyard a vine at a time, ever-mindful of the old adage, “great wines are grown, not made.” In 1999, Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery was launched to be dedicated to handcrafting exquisite wines from grapes grown on their 2,200 acre vineyard. The family produced its first wine in 2000.
Today, the grandchildren Valerie, Bill and Molly remain true to Van and Arvid's vision of growing a vineyard and forging a winery built to last. More than a decade later, Goose Ridge Estate is the largest contiguous vineyard property in Washington state. It is the family’s dedication to this unique spot of land that sets the Goose Ridge wines apart. Their pride and dedication to these highly regarded vineyards and their respect for the land's past, present, and future is evident in the farming practices they maintain and the stunning quality of the wines they craft.