This project is a winemaking journey set out to explore the varied soils found in Northern Washington State as compared to the traditional winegrowing regions of the Columbia Basin. The methodology utilizes grape varieties and winemaking techniques that can express and retain a wine's place of origin into the bottle. The Wenatchee River Valley, Lake Chelan, Rocky Reach AVA, the Okanogan Valley, and the Upper Columbia River are all places where the winegrapes are sourced from.
My great-grandfather came to the United States from Northern Italy in the early 1900's and like many others brought a skill for making wine. Upon my first glimpse as a teenager of the family's old winemaking press and equipment and listening to the stories of making wine from my father and grandfather, I was soon hooked. In 2007, I jumped right in when the opportunities arose while in college to work at a custom crush wine facility and then a vineyard management company in Oregon's Willamette Valley. After completing the Enology and Viticulture degree at Walla Walla Community College, I had the opportunity to work harvests in Casablanca, Chile and in both the Barossa Valley and Margaret River in Australia. Continuing my professional career, I returned to work in numerous wineries and vineyards throughout Washington including Corliss, Guardian Cellars, Cardaretta, Seven Hills, and Milbrandt, which built my foundation for winemaking and grape growing. Currently, I am the Winemaker for Eleven Winery of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Future projects include building an estate winery and vineyards on the family home in Northeastern Washington on Lake Roosevelt.
The official vineyard dog turned cellar pooch. Survivor of two separate Coyote attacks while on the job in the vineyards. May or may not knock your wine glass off the coffee table with his tail.