Saviah Cellars, is an awesome ambassador for The Rocks District of Milton Freewater AVA. His winery is located just North of the Washington/Oregon state line that divides the Walla Walla Valley AVA. The winery was founded in 2000 and has been turning out quality Washington wine ever since.
Back in 2000 Rich's family name didn't seem like a great name for a winery. Fast forward to 2018 and "Funk" seems like the perfect name to represent a winery with 20 acres of estate vineyards located in The Rocks District of Milton Freewater.
Rich has two primary vineyards located in "The Rocks" - The Funk Estate vineyard and The Stones Speak vineyard. These vineyards are dominated by Syrah plantings that find their way into three wines that make up Saviah's Estate Collection: The Stones Speak Syrah, Hunt and Gather and The Funk Syrah.
I made a quick side trip during the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference to visit with Rich and taste some of his latest offerings. Harvest is going full bore in Washington state and Saviah was definitely buzzing during my visit. Rich was gracious enough to take some time out of his day to share stories and wine.
Here are three wines from The Rocks that definitely speak to the AVA's uniqueness: