We found the place for our blended family to grow into. Now we farm a vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in the Walla Walla AVA. The terroir is ancient rock, cobblestone and soils from the Walla Walla River floor which is exciting and unique for winemakers and wine drinkers.
“Resurgent Vineyard is located in a canyon formed by erosion of the Walla Walla River as it incised the Blue Mountain foothills. The soil consists primarily of a mixture of basalt cobblestones and wind-deposited silt (loess) eroded from the Blue Mountains, which has been deposited by streams on the valley floor. The USDA has mapped the soils as the Veazie series consisting of very deep, well drained soils that formed in alluvium from mixed sources….based on the abundance of cobblestones within the soil profile. The soils in this area contain numerous rock fragments derived from erosion of the basalt exposed on the hillsides about the vineyard”. – Dr. Kevin R. Pogue, Whitman College Walla Walla
In the evenings the moon travels down through the valley with the vineyard aglow. The vine fairies are at work & play always reminding us that things are happening even when you don’t see it.
- 1440 ft Elevation
- Winds bring warmth upward early in the mornings and cool winds downward later in the day
- 2990 growing degree days a year
- Fed by the pure mountain and spring waters of the Walla Walla River
Opened in June 2022
We were thrilled to open our new winery at the vineyard in June of 2022! We began the process of establishing and permitting a winery on-site in 2020. We thought we knew and planned but there is so much work, so many things to harness and tend. We kept at it day by day and made progress the same way. It was important to us in the planning stage that we were able to reflect our reverence for this place and hope others would feel the same.
There is a long history of farming in the valley and this region. In the center of our vineyard stands a huge 102 year-old barn, which has become the home of Mongata Winery. The exterior has new siding and metal roof giving the impression that it is a new structure. However the interior has the original walls and beams remaining and the winery transformation was carefully crafted using mostly reclaimed wood from the barn and old orchard activities. Co-founder Scott Nokleby has touched every piece of this wood and been central to the transformation of the barn to a winery. The winery space now has a cold room & lab, kitchen, tasting room with a crescent moon-shaped wine bar and a sculpted patio with views of the surrounding vineyard and valley.
The logo concept and label design took more than a year as we tried to articulate the spirit of the place. For us, the moon seems to capture the mystical aspect that we wanted to include. The word Mongata is our twist on a Swedish word (Mångata) which in literal translation means “moon street or path of the moon.”
A talented west coast winemaker and friend of ours started our 2020 custom crush vintage. We eventually partnered up with our Winemaker Peter Devison, who is brilliant and highly regarded in his craft. He guides us as he is making our amazingly luscious, complex wines. Peter is a pedigreed winemaker with his own brand (Devison Vintners) and also makes wine for two other well-known wine labels. He is like-minded in our wish to create wines that trust the fruit to tell the story.
We hope that you love our wines as much as we all do.