SOURCE: Watermill Winery

May 04, 2007 16:30 ET

Watermill Winery Hosts Grand Opening May 3-6

Free Public Tastings Scheduled During Walla Walla's Spring Release Weekend

MILTON-FREEWATER, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2007 -- Watermill Winery, one of the first wineries in Milton-Freewater -- which is located in the heart of Walla Walla wine country -- today announced it will host a grand opening celebration May 3-6 during Walla Walla's Spring Release weekend.

During the opening, Watermill Winery will release its cabernet sauvignon, syrah, viognier and sauvignon blanc to the public.

"We have selected only the finest vineyards to source our grapes from and are proud to say that Watermill Winery's grapes were previously used for other prestigious wines from Northstar Winery, Seven Hills Winery and Saviah Cellars," said Leonard Brown, Watermill Winery's viticulturist.

The winery's exclusive winemaker, Rich Funk, is a seven-year commercial winemaking veteran who is also the owner and winemaker for Saviah Cellers. For Watermill's wines, he uses grapes sourced at some of Washington's most prestigious vineyards, including Seven Hills Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley; Lewis Vineyard in the Yakima Valley; and a vineyard adjacent to the McClellan Estate Vineyard, where the first-ever cabernet grapes were planted in the Walla Walla Valley.

"The Brown family is well known in the area for producing ultra-premium fruit and their wine grapes are no exception," Funk said. "I am very pleased with our spring releases and look forward to helping the Brown family continue its tradition of growing quality produce in the region."

The winery is hosting several events during Walla Walla's Spring Release weekend to celebrate its launch:

--  Open houses will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3-6 at the winery's
    tasting room -- located 10 miles from downtown Walla Walla -- at 235 E.
    Broadway, Milton-Freewater, Ore.
--  The events, which are free and open to the public, will include the
    first public tastings of Watermill Winery's wines, as well as food, music
    and Blue Mountain Cider tastings (by request only).
Beginning today, Watermill Wines will be available via mail order from the company's Web site at, as well as at selected retailers throughout Oregon and Washington beginning in summer 2007.

About Watermill Winery

Watermill Winery was founded in 2006 by the Brown family, which also owns Blue Mountain Cider -- the largest artisan-style cidery in the Northwest. A third generation apple-growing family that is well known in the community for producing superior apples, the Browns extend their tradition and passion for excellence in farming and viticulture by growing some of the most premium wine grapes in the Walla Walla Valley. The Watermill name originates from Watermill Foods, a food processing company founded earlier at the same site as the tasting room by Brown's cousin, John Hendricks.

Contact Information

  • Media contacts:
    Katie McFadzean
    MWW Group for Blue Mountain Cider
    206.505.8333 (direct)

    Autumn Monahan
    MWW Group for Blue Mountain Cider
    206.505.8350 (direct)