Two estate vineyard sites--Desert Wind Vineyard and Sacagawea Vineyard--provide the fruit for Desert Wind wines. Both vineyards lie at the foot of the Saddle Mountains in the Wahluke Slope AVA, a sub-appelation of Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley region known for its fierce summer conditions. Both vineyards were planted by the Fries family, owners of Desert Wind Winery.
The climate here is extreme, and it is not uncommon for summer temperatures to reach 110°F. Winter days may be as cold as 14°F. With an annual rainfall of only 7-8 inches, the vines require irrigation during the hot summer months. The soil is rocky and shallow with excellent drainage.