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Columbia Winery

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Our Story

Founded in 1962 by a visionary group of 10 friends, six of whom were University of Washington professors, Columbia Winery is the result of the unrelenting curiosity and deep commitment to proving the potential of winegrowing in the Columbia Valley, located at the same latitude as Europe’s best winegrowing regions.

In 1979, Master of Wine David Lake was named head winemaker and furthered the curious spirit that was fostered under the leadership of the founders. Under Lake, Columbia Winery produced the first series of vineyard-designate wines and the first Pinot Gris, Syrah and Cabernet Franc wines in Washington.


Most vineyards in Washington are planted in the eastern part of the state. There, in the shadow of the majestic Olympic and Cascade Mountains, low rainfall and long days of intense sunlight and cold nights translate to mature, concentrated grapes with generous fruit notes, soft tannins and crisp acidity. Our winemaker Sean Hails crafts our portfolio of rich and deliciously drinkable wines through thoughtful site selection within top quality AVAs, including Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, Ancient Lakes, Yakima Valley and Wahluke Slope.

We believe the sum of Washington is greater than its parts, leading to our blending philosophy of discovering and refining our vineyard site selection each vintage. The result can be tasted in our wines.


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