Mike Sauer took a chance on planting wine grapes…and the rest is history

 With Mt. Adams looming in the background, the iconic prayer chapel at Red Willow Vineyard stands atop the hillside that is planted with the oldest Syrah grapes in the State of Washington. Courtesy photo

With Mt. Adams looming in the background, the iconic prayer chapel at Red Willow Vineyard stands atop the hillside that is planted with the oldest Syrah grapes in the State of Washington. Courtesy photo

Finding good people in the wine industry is not a difficult task. Finding exceptional people that top vintners are “honored to work with” and describe as “inquisitive, hardworking, dedicated and humble” is a more unique discovery. But, Mike Sauer is a unique man. The owner of Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA, Mike has been farming his 150-acre site for 45 years and, with all of his success, priorities have not escaped him.

“I guess to finish up the best part of the journey, personally, is to be a part of it with family. My wife’s been involved since the very beginning and now it’s my two sons and a son-in-law. They have a continuity of family on the same land. I’m 71 and am gradually turning it over to them but still very involved and it keeps me young to be involved and supporting them and pushing myself,” says Mike (Read more in Discover Washington Wine).