StoneTree Vineyard

About Us


Mission

We have a simple mission statement. We at StoneTree Vineyard are going to grow the best wine grapes in the world.

History

Saddle Mountain Vineyards, LLC (SMV) was started by Tedd Wildman and Mark Wheeler in 2000 as a holding company for wholly-owned vineyard properties. SMV now owns StoneTree and one other vineyard, named James' Vineyard.

StoneTree Vineyard 

StoneTree Vineyard is built on 257 acres leased on a 25-year lease from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Several of the best vineyards on the Wahluke Slope lie on the lower elevations between the Columbia and StoneTree Vineyard.

This image, taken in July of 2006, shows the view from the northeast corner of the vineyard at an elevation of about 1200 ft. You are standing on the south slope of Saddle Mountain, just west of the saddle, four miles east of the town of Mattawa. Looking down onto the plateau to the southwest, you can just make out the Columbia River six miles away. Several of the best vineyards on the Wahluke Slope lie on the lower elevations between the Columbia and Stone Tree Vineyard.

The vineyard slopes gently upward from 930 to 1,250 feet to the north.


Biographies

Tedd Wildman

Tedd is an Indiana farm boy who moved to Washington to pursue a Master of Science in entomology at Washington State University in 1981. That brought him to Prosser and the WSU experiment station, where he met his bride to be, German native Anke Freimuth. They now have 2 children, Ben, and Becky.

After working many years as a private consultant for tree fruit, hops, and wine grape growers, Tedd and Mark Wheeler together began to develop StoneTree Vineyard in the year 2000.

Mark Wheeler

Mark Wheeler is a physician who started a medical software company in the early 80's. That company went public in 1994 and merged with a larger medical software company in 1997. Mark is now retired. He is active in the wine industry and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Washington Wine Industry Foundation (WWIF).


Mark Wheeler