Alexandria Nicole's Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills

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Tasting Rooms and Private Event Facilities

Prosser Tasting Room
(Daily: 11 am - 5 pm)
$5 tasting fee refunded with $20 purchase
Wine & Food Park
2880 Lee Road, Suite D (Map)
Prosser, WA  99350
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Hollywood Schoolhouse
Woodinville Tasting Room
(Daily: Noon - 5 pm; Wine Club Happy Hour, Fri 5 - 8 pm)
$10 tasting fee refunded with $20 purchase
14810 Northeast 145th Street (Map)
Woodinville, WA 
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Wine Cave Tasting Room
The Estate at Destiny Ridge
(Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tours by Appointment only)
160481 Sonova Road (Map)
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Near Paterson, WA

Schedule a Private Wine & Food Pairing at either
of the Prosser or Woodinville tasting rooms or
join a tasting and a walk through the vines at Destiny Vineyard.

Wine club rooms and banquet facilities rentals available
in Alexandria Nicole's tasting rooms located in Prosser & Woodinville

Private Event rentals at Destiny Ridge Estate

  Alexandria Nicole Cellars Information Highlights

Winery Details     |     Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wine Club     |     The Estate at Destiny Ridge

Tiny Houses Glamping in the Vineyard     |     Destination Weddings & Private Events

Jarrod and Ali Boyle

Jarrod Boyle

Average Annual Production:

10,000 cases

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Vineyard Foreman:
Jose Luis Yanez

Destiny Ridge Vineyard
267 planted acres in the
Horse Heaven Hills AVA

23 Planted Varieties Including:
Riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc,
Roussanne, Marsanne, Merlot, Malbec,
Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache,
Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot


Winery and Vineyard Details

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
...where Destiny, Winemaking and Passion join hands


       When Jarrod and Ali Boyle christened their 367 acres of land in the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington, their choice of a vineyard name came easily.  With providence clearly playing a strong role in the acquisition of their viticultural estate, naming it Destiny Ridge Vineyard was a natural.  Naming their brand was equally easy for Jarrod, choosing his wife's name, Alexandria Nicole.

       Jarrod was born in Prosser and learned the secrets of successful vineyard management while working as assistant viticulturalist for Hogue Cellars under the tutelage of  Dr. Wade Wolfe who also worked for Hogue at that time.  It was then that wine grape growing and winemaking became Jarrod's passion. 

       While working for Hogue, Jarrod inspected grapes and made grower recommendations for  helping grape varieties achieve their desired characteristics.  One day, Jarrod's routine inspection of a vineyard on nearby Horse Heaven Hills brought about a paradigm shift in Jarrod's career... and his life.  On that day he took particular note of a piece of raw land sloping gently to the south and overlooking the Columbia River.  From that moment forward, visions of vineyard blocks danced in his head. 

       Soon after, in a casual conversation with an old friend, Jarrod related his discovery of the beautiful piece of land and his vision of planting a vineyard on it.  Jarrod's friend Rob Mercer (a member of a well-known local farming family) became almost as excited as Jarrod when he realized the land of Jarrod's dream was owned by his father... Bud Mercer.  Before long, the Mercer family joined with the Boyle family, and the dream of a vineyard on that hillside - Destiny Ridge Vineyard - was born.  The first vines were planted in the fall of 1998. 

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       Originally, the plan for the vineyard was to sell its fruit to wineries that wanted to produce small case lots of fine wine.  But when the vines came into full production and the fruit quality proved to be extraordinary, Jarrod's thoughts turned to a winery of his own.  He would make wines from grapes grown on his own vineyards where he could control viticultural choices and monitor fruit quality from bud to bottle!

       The state-of-the-art Alexandria Nicole Cellars winery was constructed on Destiny Ridge Vineyard in September of 2004 when the first-planted vines were just six years old.  The facility was designed to suit the production of small-lot handcrafted wines.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars' Destiny Ridge Vineyard and its winery in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation

       Today, the site of Alexandria Nicole Cellars' winery, its Destiny Ridge Vineyard and The Estate at Destiny Ridge is unquestionably a wine-country destination not to be missed.  Overlooking the majestic Columbia River, it provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for myriad special events, wine tasting adventures and wine-country "glamping" experiences, all within the beautiful Horse Heaven Hills AVA.  Private tours, barrel tastings, vineyard tours and Tiny Houses lodging can be arranged by appointment.  Call 509-554-4829 to schedule your visit. 

Come taste the power of Destiny.

The Estate at Destiny Ridge

Vineyard Tours & Tastings by Appointment only
Private Event Facilities Rentals by arrangement

160481 Sonova Road (Map)
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Near Paterson, WA

The Vineyard     |      The Wine Cave Tasting Room     |    Private Event Facilities

Tiny Houses for Glamping in the Vineyard     |     More info about The Estate at Destiny Ridge

The Vineyard


Sustainable farming practices
Bird-friendly, quiet wind-spire turbines generate electricity

       On high bluffs overlooking the beautiful Columbia River, Washington State's Horse Heaven Hills appellation provides a home for Alexandria Nicole Cellars' 367-acre estate where Destiny Ridge Vineyard thrives.  It is here - high on the dominant ridge line - that 23 grape varieties are planted to 267 acres that currently comprise the vineyard.  The first vines for Destiny Ridge Vineyard were planted in the fall of 1998, seven years before Horse Heaven Hills was federally authorized as an official American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the state of Washington.

       Within the vineyard lie four different soil types, each producing unique flavors and characteristics in the grape varieties grown on them.  Distinct terroirs proved to have their own messages sent through ripened grapes.  It was here that a passionate man learned patience; Jarrod Boyle waited with optimistic excitement for the final fruits to come of age.  Using his past experiences working with many renowned winemakers, Jarrod experimented with his own winegrowing and winemaking processes to enhance and reflect the terroir of Destiny Ridge Vineyard in his finished wines. 

        The soils and climatic conditions of the Horse Heaven Hills appellation have demonstrated their favorability for growing many wine-grape varieties.  Varieties grown at Destiny Ridge Vineyard include:

Pinot Gris
Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot

The Geology:  The hills of Destiny Ridge Vineyard are geologic folds in the earth's crust which are responsible for the consistent winds that blow across the land; the windy climate is part of what makes the Horse Heaven Hills appellation distinct from the large Columbia Valley appellation that surrounds it.  Wind lowers the risk of vineyard disease and pests, while at the same time stressing the vines by drying them out.  Add quick-draining soils of silty loam to the mix of vineyard characteristics and the need for irrigation becomes even more pronounced.  Drip irrigation is the canopy-management tool of choice to control the vigor of the vines at Destiny Ridge.

       In addition to its distinctive topography, Destiny Ridge Vineyard benefits from its proximity to the Columbia River.  Although it sits approximately 800 feet above the river, the vineyard is relieved of temperature extremes suffered elsewhere in the Columbia Valley AVA, thanks to the modifying effects of the river (with its stirring of air currents) and the sloping of the land toward the river (draining cold air away from the vines). 

        All these factors help produce intense-flavored grapes with a structural balance of sugars and acids.  Attentive viticultural and enological management - including balancing crop levels and gentle processing of grapes - completes the formula behind consistently excellent harvests and wines from Destiny Ridge Vineyard.

         Fruit not used for the wines of Alexandria Nicole Cellars is sold to other wineries under contract with Destiny Ridge Vineyard. 

More information about Destiny Ridge Vineyard

Tiny Houses & Glamping in the Vineyard


The Wine Cave Tasting Room

Home of Alexandria Nicole Cellars' newest tasting room, the Wine Cave at The Estate at Destiny Ridge is open by appointment.  Enjoy the award-winning wines from Alexandria Nicole Cellars and the beauty of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA when you visit The Estate at Destiny Ridge.  Call 509-554-4829 for more information or to set up a wine-tasting appointment.

Private Event Facilities

The Estate at Destiny Ridge was designed to be a premier event venue for weddings and other events.  It offers an exquisite vineyard setting for your corporate event, family celebration or destination wedding including stunning views of the Columbia River, Destiny Ridge Vineyard and the beauty of Horse Heaven Hills wine country.  The 8,400 square foot Estate offers a luxurious and private venue for entertaining and includes three private suites for weddings, corporate retreats or a romantic getaway.  It is sure to provide a perfect location for a memorable event. 

The Alexandria Nicole production facility is also located at Destiny Ridge Vineyard where large events are hosted in the barrel room or outside on the lawns nestled in the vineyard. 

More information about rental of The Estate at Destiny RidgeCall for answers to your questions about The Estate at Destiny Ridge - 509-554-4829. 

Alexandria Nicole's two other tasting rooms, one in Prosser and one in Woodinville, feature exclusive wine club rooms and banquet facilities for private events.  Call for information: Prosser - 509-786-3497; Woodinville - 425-487-9463.

Tiny Houses for Glamping in the Vineyard
158422 W Sonova Road
Paterson, WA


Have some serious fun in one of Alexandria Nicole Cellars new Tiny Houses located in the heart of Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard.  Glamping (Glamorous Camping) has never been better.  Wake up in Vine Country at Destiny Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills; enjoy the beautiful view from your deck and delicious ANC wine on tap.


Tiny Houses include:

  • Gourmet kitchen

  • Studio refrigerator

  • Private Bath

  • Wine on tap

  • Comfortable sitting area

  • Air conditioning

  • Vineyard views

  • Patio deck with chairs

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Featured Alexandria Nicole Cellars Wines

See all available ANC wines & shop online or call 509-786-3497

      Alexandria Nicole Cellars is passionate about winemaking.  It produces small lots of handcrafted wine from grapes it grows at Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills appellation.  Its goal is to make wines that are elegant, approachable and true to the terroir.  

2014 Shepherds Mark
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$24.00 per bottle
Gold Medal - Seattle Wine Awards
Gold & Best of Class - SavorNW
Gold Medal - Great Northwest Wine competition
93 pts / Gold - BTI World Wine Championships
Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

(Purchase securely online)

In the early 1900’s, pioneering sheepherders left their mark on the Horse Heaven Hills in the form of Rock Monuments.  These monuments - some still standing along the ridge line of Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard - were used for marker identification, recreational pastime, artistic expression, or  even to simply leave one's mark on the world.  This Rhone Blend is dedicated to all the pioneers of the Horse Heaven Hills, leaving its mark on the world through the artistic expression of our wines. 

This lovely Rhone White blend is striking in color with fresh floral notes of lavender, Jasmine and lilac.  The palate is rich and textured with juicy flavors of Asian pear, honeysuckle and Fiji apple that help lead the way into the delightfully mouthwatering finish of citrus fruits and peach pie

Stainless steel fermentation.  Blend:  60% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, 20% Viognier. Alcohol: 13.4%.  643 cases produced.

2012 Gravity Merlot
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$25.00 per bottle
Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
92 pts - Wine Advocate
92 pts - BTI
(Purchase securely online)

In what continues to be an unbelievably stellar vintage for the state, our 2012 “Gravity” Merlot helps showcase that overall quality with its dark lively coloring yet elegantly approachable bouquet that’s packed full of black cherry and juicy plum.  Smooth and velvety with a lovely lift of black berry and mocha that leads the mid-palate effortlessly to the dense, tarry flavors of black currant and smoke. The taut structure and bright acidity help streamline the long finish of vanilla and cedar spice.  While drinking well now, this Estate Grown Merlot will continue to thrive through 2017.  Aged 22 months in 40% new French oak and 60% 1-year-old French oak barrels. Blend:  92% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Carmenere.  Released 478 cases.

2013 Jet Black Syrah
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$28.00 per bottle
Gold - 2014 Seattle Wine Awards
Best of Class & Gold - Seattle Wine & Food Experience
92 pts & Best Buy - Wine & Spirits
92 pts / Gold - BTI World Wine Championships
Outstanding - Wine Press Northwest
(Purchase securely online)

Fresh, lively and perfumed, there’s an energy driving the wine, immediately apparent in the sultry aromas of dark cherry, dried violet, plum, blackberries, mocha, lavender and touches of cracked pepper Whole berry fermentation leads the way for this deep and dense black in color Syrah. The palate is thick and saturated, coating the mouth with flavors of blueberry pastry, toffee, cedar and a delicate leathery spice. A very generous mid-palate with loads of texture yet it manages to stay fresh and elegant, with juicy acidity, very fine, silky and sleek tannins, and a brilliant finish that certainly doesn’t lack for length. Aged 30% new and 70% 1-year-old French oak barrels. 100% Syrah (Blocks 1, 15, 17 & 43).  743 cases released.

2012 Destiny
Destiny Ridge Vineyards
Horse Heaven Hills
$48.00 per bottle
93 pts - Wine Spectator
Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
(Purchase securely online)

Our 2012 Flagship Bordeaux blend truly displays its vintage’s remarkable blend of power and grace.  Its dark Purple and Red hues are highlighted by weighty aromas of black cherry, brambleberry, fresh cut rose and earthy tones.  Firm, refined and expressive, the wine’s density and elegance are impressive with the supple mouthfeel presenting a gorgeous array of lush black currant, blueberries, toasted cedar and a touch of vanilla oak nuances which help bolster the beautifully balanced frame.  It has all the concentration and structure expected from Horse Heaven Hills with a solid core of dark fruit pushing their way to a finish that is seamless and unending.  This Estate Grown blend is ready to drink but it will blossom with air, so decanting is highly recommended for those who don’t want to wait until 2017.  Aged 24 months in 70% new French Oak barrels & 30% once-filled French Oak barrels.  Blend:  60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Carmenere.  Alcohol:  14.6%  Release limited to 367 cases.

2012 Quarry Butte
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$25.00 per bottle
Platinum - Wine Press Northwest
Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
91 pts - BTI
Cellar Selection - BTI
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Destiny Ridge Vineyard, our Estate Vineyard, was historically called Quarry Butte and was slated to become a rock quarry before we planted this unique vineyard site.  Today, we are honored for the natural beauty and terroir afforded us by our amazing Estate Vineyard, and we are pleased to share with you Quarry Butte, an elegantly expressive six-varietal blend that packs a punch for the value, capturing that unique terroir of Destiny Ridge Vineyard.  The warm growing season of 2012 is really captured by the alluring aromatics of dark cherry, vanilla, dried herbs and a splash of juicy plum. Firm in texture, the palate is loaded with ripe blackberry, cherry, rich supple tannins, hints of cedar and elegant oak-spice that lead to a balanced structure that glides effortlessly into the long and expressive finish.  Drinking well now, but built to last another 5 years.  Blend: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet franc, 8% Syrah, 6% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot.  Aged 20 months in 65% new French oak barrels and 35% two-year-old French oak. Alcohol: 14.5%. Release limited to 1193 cases.

2012 "a-SQUARED" Cabernet Sauvignon
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
Horse Heaven Hills
$25.00 per bottle
Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
91 pts - Wine Spectator
Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
(Purchase securely online)

Flavors of Rainier cherry, black olive and cedar continue to gain depth and richness with time in the glass.  It is lean on the tongue with excellent depth and texture in the mid-palate and the refined tannins add a seamless, elegant texture that frame the finish nicely.  While approachable on release given its balance and symmetry, the bold flavors still suggest a terrific future and even though that makes it admirable now, it could loiter in the bottle another year or two in the cellar.  Blend:  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc; 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot.  Aged 20 months in 50% new French oak and 50% two-year-old French oak barrels.  Alcohol: 14.4%  Release limited to 427 cases.

Finding the three locations of Alexandria Nicole

How to find Alexandria Nicole Cellars'
Prosser Tasting Room
(Tasting Room: Daily, 11 am - 5 pm)
Wine & Food Park
2880 Lee Road, Suite C
Prosser, WA  99350

Map to Prosser Tasting Room for Alexandria Nicole Cellars

How to find ANC's
Estate at Destiny Ridge in Horse Heaven Hills:
Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Wine Cave Tasting Room,
Private Event Facilities, Tiny Houses Rentals
(Private Tours & Tastings by Appointment only)
160481 Sonova Road
Paterson, WA
in the Horse Heaven Hills

Map to Destiny Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills

How to find Alexandria Nicole Cellars'
Hollywood Schoolhouse Tasting Room in Woodinville
(Daily: Noon - 5 pm; Wine Club Happy Hour, Fri 5 - 8 pm)
14810 Northeast 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 

Map to Alexandria Nicole Cellars Hollywood Schoolhouse Woodinville Tasting Room


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