For those who love wine, the dream of owning their own vineyard may be nearer than they think, especially if they want to stay within an easy drive of Seattle. For sale is the award-winning Ellensburg Canyon Winery (ECW) and vineyard located just six miles south of downtown Ellensburg and just to the east of the Yakima River and Canyon Road.Read More
Ravenwing Ranch, the Largest Land Offering in Washington State, Provides the Perfect Backdrop for an Outside Magazine Feature
The largest land offering in Washington state at over 10,000 acres, Ravenwing Ranch is a unique trophy property of vast spaces, open skies and endless possibilities. Nestled along the west side of the Columbia River, rolling hills and valleys give way to spectacular views with 1.25 miles of pristine river frontage. Brad Vancour, the listing broker with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, recently arranged for a group of Special Forces Military and a Wounded Warrior to visit and hunt on the property for an Outside Magazine feature that outlines the ways in which thoughtful hunting practices and population management are bolstering herd animal conservation efforts.
As the article describes, following sharp declines in herd populations in the early 20th century, William Temple Hornaday “a prominent zoologist, conservationist, taxidermist, and prolific author” began public conservation effort that, with the help of Teddy Roosevelt, grew into the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. This system “directs funds collected from hunters to habitat preservation, scientific study, and wildlife management” and provides an estimated $3 billion in conservation funds each year.
Vancour joined the group for their last evening on the property as they camped out underneath the stars. He says that though the owner generally does not grant requests for hunting on the property, they made an exception in this case for the group’s commitment to the environment and their affiliation with the Wounded Warrior Project. “It was truly a pleasure to welcome them to this unrivaled trophy property,” Vancour added.
Situated in Wenatchee, the “Apple Capital of the U.S.,” Ravenwing Ranch offers over 60 acres of cherry and apple trees that produce approximately $350,000 in annual revenue, two residential homes, a sales center and a large storage facility. The lower section of the trophy property has preliminary approval for resort development, and is ready for the vision of its next steward.
On May 25th 2017, an exclusive event was held at Misty Isle Farms, one of the largest and most iconic properties in Washington state. Located on Vashon Island, the urban ranch estate was founded by Thomas J. Stewart in 1978. Over the last forty years, Misty Isle Farms has expanded to encompass 525 acres across 44 tax parcels that embody Mr. Stewart’s aim to create a fully functioning gentlemen’s ranch filled with world-class landscaping within close proximity of Seattle.
Today, the property has cemented a reputation as one of the premier arboretums in the Northwest with over 3,000 planted trees of 300 varieties from around the world. There are also over 300 different perennial plant varieties of shrubs and bushes, and a Rose Garden that is home to over 100 different rose varieties. The property boasts over 8 miles of walking and riding trails with six custom bridges to enjoy the scenery; a driving range with chipping and putting greens that adhere to PGA Standards, a Heli-Pad and Hanger, and a private 2,200-foot landing strip for planes. From the main residence, it is not uncommon to see black angus cattle in the pastures set against the backdrop of Mount Rainier. In its storied history, the ranch has served as an entertainment location for a variety of events; from smaller parties and fundraisers to groups of up to 8,000 people.
For the May 25th Event, there was no shortage of things for the guests to see and do when they arrived at Misty Isle Farms. Guests were encouraged to walk the grounds and explore the various gardens; and to visit the 12,000 square foot showroom displaying vintage horse carriages.
Once everyone settled in, well-known Seattle sommelier David LeClaire opened several key bottles from the wine cellar for guests to sample.
The featured wines were from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s and included some of the best wines from France, Australia, California, and Washington. Opened vintage bottles included Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion, Baron Henri Medoc, Penfolds Grange, Opus 1, Stags Leap, Silver Oak, Caymus, Kistler, Pride, Staglin Family, DeLille, Hedges, Quilceda Creek and others. Award winning Washington State wine makers Greg and Stacy Lill of DeLille Cellars based out of Woodinville, remarked on the impressive wine selection.