Friday, May 29, 2009

Waterbrook Winery and Walla Walla Wine Works

Exactly one year from its ground-breaking announcement, the new Waterbrook Winery and Tasting Room in Walla Walla will hold its Grand Opening celebration on June 5-6, which is the perfect timing for Walla Walla wine tourists who will be in the area for the “Vintage Walla Walla” event. This weekend will also celebrate Waterbrook’s 25th Anniversary.

The new Waterbrook Winery is a 53,000 sq. ft. winemaking facility located on 10518 West Hwy 12, just west of Walla Walla. Also included is a 5,000 sq. ft. tasting room. The public tasting room will offer guests a wide selection of highly-acclaimed Waterbrook wines, produced by winemaker John Freeman. The tasting room will be open to the public from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday (no appointment needed) with a tasting fee is $5 (note: visitors will receive a souvenir wine glass during the Grand Opening weekend).

For those who prefer to taste outdoors, Waterbrook is the perfect place to celebrate Walla Walla's natural beauty. With panoramic views of the sprawling grounds and picturesque Blue Mountains, visitors can relax on the patio with a glass of wine or engage in outdoor activities such as bocce ball on the expertly constructed bocce ball court. The goal of the Seattle-based Precept Wine Brands, who purchased the winery from Waterbrook founder Eric Rindal in 2007, is to create the ultimate wine tasting experience. They drew inspiration from Walla Walla's natural landscape to create facilities that would act as a window into the beautiful surrounding scenery from the tranquil ponds, wheat fields and stunning blue mountain range

Aside from Waterbrook (70,000 annual case production), the new winery will produce an additional 230,000 cases of premium Washington wines under the “Walla Walla Wine Works” contract name including: The Magnificent Wine Company, Apex Cellars, Pendulum and more. The entire production facility includes 10,000 barrels, 60 tanks (ranging from 1,000-3,000 gallons), a new bottling line (100+ bottles per minute) and state-of-the-art crush, bottling and warehouse capabilities. Additional amenities include a catering kitchen, large patio and multi-functional spaces for hosting private and corporate events. There will also be a private, three-bedroom bungalow located on the property for members of the trade and Waterbrook guests to stay.

The new winery opening also brings news of a retail transition for the Waterbrook tasting room on First & Main in downtown Walla Walla. The tasting room formerly known as Waterbrook reopened its doors on May 1 as Walla Walla Wine Works. With “new vino” and a “new vibe,” the Walla Walla Wine Works Tasting Room offers a vast portfolio of premium Washington wines including: Apex Cellars, The Magnificent Wine Company, Pendulum, Waterbrook 1st & Main exclusives and more! Walla Walla Wine Works Tasting Room is open every day and during the warmer months, guests can enjoy free, live music and extended hours on Wednesdays and Sundays. Visitors are invited to enjoy wines by the glass and light fare, relax on the patio amidst our charming downtown Main Street and of course, purchase their favorite selections in this destination tasting room and bottle shop.


hahahales said...

At 230,000 cases a year? Premium wines? Ha! Ha! As a Walla Walla Valley winemaker I laugh until I cry into my glass of premium Walla Walla Valley Cabernet.

Catie said...

Hello Hahahales!

Really? You're a Walla Walla Valley winemaker? Interesting - - according to the blogs stats tracker, you must be a Walla Walla Valley winemaker who is currently visiting the Portland, OR area then.

So do you think the press release should have said, "...230,000 cases of UN-premium Washington wines"?

Anyways, no matter who you really are or where you really live, don't laugh too hard. I would hate for your tears to ruin that great glass of premium Walla Walla Valley Cabernet.


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