In 2011, while overlooking a vineyard on the beautiful shores of Waiheke Island in New Zealand, Night Watch founders Chip and Val Fowler made the decision to search for a special piece of land that might one day host their own vineyard. Five years later they found it — a 56-acre ranch along the Columbia River with spectacular views of Mt. Hood in the heart of the Columbia Gorge AVA. This was the special place where they could share the exquisite beauty, ambiance, and bounty of the land with friends, neighbors, and visitors. In this quest, the Fowlers selected varieties of grapes that would testify to and mirror the ancient soils, gravels, and winds of this distinctive region.