Funk Estate Vineyard

Funk Estate Vineyard

The soils of the Funk Estate Vineyard consist of very deep, excessively drained soils formed in basaltic alluvium mixed with loess at the surface. These soils contain a large fraction of basalt cobbles and unique geochemical signature (particularly higher levels of Iron), resulting in wines which are savory, with notes of roasted meat, olive tapenade, flowers and mineral. Syrah is the super star of the vineyard, displaying a bold, earthy character some people refer to as “The Rocks funk.”


2007, 2017


Syrah, Joseph Phelps Clone
Cabernet Sauvignon


The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater on the South side of the Walla Walla Valley AVA in Oregon.


959-969 feet

Soil Type

Freewater very cobbly loam:  Soils of the Freewater series are comprised mainly of basaltic alluvium derived from the erosion of the Blue Mountains. The course rocky nature of these soils provides many key viticultural advantages.


The vineyard is situated on a warmer portion of The Rocks District, with a gentle slope which provides good air drainage. The Rocks District vineyards tend to bud break early and then slow down considerably during the final ripening phase due to a significant diurnal temperature swing. The average annual precipitation is 11 inches.