About Vinterra

Vinterra Consulting PLLC is managed by Kevin R. Pogue who is a licensed geologist and professor of geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Kevin holds a doctorate in geology from Oregon State University and has over 20 years of college teaching and research experience. He is the co-author of a field guide to the geology of southern Washington and has spent over 15 years investigating the deposits of the Missoula floods which host most of the grapevines in the Pacific Northwest. Kevin’s essay on the relationship between the Missoula floods and viticulture is included in the book “Washington: The State of Wine”. His academic research is presently focused on the relationships between topography, soil type, and near-surface temperatures in vineyards.


  • 2019 - Kevin named one of "Wine's Most Inspiring People"
  • 2018 - Recipient of Washington State Wine Commission Walter Clore Award for service to the Washington Wine Industry
  • 2018 Invited speaker Taste Washington
  • 2018 Invited speaker - Volcanic Wines Symposium
  • 2018 Invited speaker - Hospice du Rhone
  • 2017 - Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Convention - invited speaker
  • 2017 - Oregon Wine Symposium - invited speaker
    See Video: "The Myths of Terroir"
  • 2017 - Taste Washington - invited speaker
  • 2017 - Institute of Masters of Wine tour of Washington and Oregon - invited speaker
  • 2016 - Keynote speaker, 11th International Terroir Congress
    See Video: "Geologic Framework of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest"
  • 2015 - Authored petition creating the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA
  • 2015 - Invited speaker and panelist, Terroir Symposium 2015, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014 - "Kevin's Somewhereness" Video by ReD Associates
  • 2014 - Invited speaker, International Cabernet Sauvignon Symposium, Napa Valley
  • 2014 - Podcast interview with Levi Dalton
  • 2013 - Wines and Vines Magazine article
  • 2013 - National Public Radio Science Friday article
  • 2013 - Featured in New York Times article by Eric Asimov
  • 2013 - Taste Washington - speaker and panelist
  • 2013 - Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Convention - speaker
  • 2012 10th International Congress on Terroir, Dijon, France - presenter
  • 2010 Texsom Sommelier Conference - featured speaker
  • 2010 Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Convention - speaker and panelist
  • 2010 Taste Washington - speaker and panelist
  • 2010 Wine Blogger Conference - featured speaker
  • 2010 International Congress on Terroir, Soave, Italy - presenter
  • 2009 Trip leader and field trip guide author "Volcanoes to Vineyards" Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America
  • 2009 4th International Wine and Heart Health Summit - featured speaker
  • 2008 International Congress on Terroir, Nyon Switzerland - presenter
  • Regularly provides lectures on northwest terroir to the Enology and Viticulture Programs at Washington State University and Walla Walla Community College and lectures and field trips for the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.

See Publications


Kevin at Cote Rotie in the northern Rhone Valley.

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