After working in the Val D'Orcia in southern Tuscany for Tenuta di Trinoro , and then on Mt Etna in Sicily for Passopisciaro from 2000-2002, Luke returned to Washington to work as Assistant Winemaker for Wine River Cellars and then Syncline Wine Cellars in the Columbia River Gorge. Spending time in the vineyards inspired Luke to start his own business. In 2005, COR Cellars was born.


Tim’s passion for wine flourished after completed an introductory course at the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California- Davis. Tim started up his career as a part-time employee at a specialty wine shop in downtown Seattle. From there, Tim spent time at Cadence Winery, gave him hands-on experience in the vineyard. Tim and his wife, Nancy, founded Fall Line Winery in 2003.


Spencer’s interest in wine began in 2006, in Northwest Portland. Spencer was buying grapes, and fermenting them in his apartment. That same year, Spencer met Raul Morphin, who shared his same interests. Spencer then made the move from Portland to Walla Walla Valley, and El Corazon was born.

Raul was born in Michocan, Mexico. His love for the Walla Walla Valley developed in the late ‘90s, where he spent time working with various wineries. Raul has developed and refined his palate specifically to Walla Walla wines.


Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis
Ghost Hill Cellars

photo credit: Allie Merrick

photo credit: Allie Merrick

Rebecca was originally in aviation as a maintenance technician on the F-15 Fighter Aircraft for the Oregon Air National Guard. In 2005, Rebecca decided to switch careers in order to pursue her passion for wine.

Michael Savage
Savage Grace

Michael established Savage Grace Wines in 2011. Michael strives to create wines that are lower in alcohol, balanced, and expressive. As a winemaker, Michael believes in low-interventionist practices.

Nico Van Keirsbilck,
Azari Vinyards & Corkscrew Wines

Nico was born in Uzes, France. He was introduced to vineyards, and the wine world, at a very young age. In his twenties, Nico relocated to Southwest France, where he was surrounded by small wine regions such as Irouleguy, Jurancon and Madiran. Here Nico learned about the techniques and specifications of the wine making in the area. Nico then moved to Sonoma County, where he currently resides.


Pam Walden
 Willful Wine

Pam studied English literature in the United Kingdom, where she also worked in television production. After an adventurous trip to France in 1996, Pam’s love for winemaking manifested. After her partnership at Daedalus Cellars disbanded, Pam began Willful Wines.  Willful Wines focuses on Pinot Noir, but Pam also makes limited quantities of other wine varietals. Pam is one of the few female winemakers in this region, as well as the owner of the company.

Javier Alfonso 
Idilico Wine


Javier, the winemaker, is originally from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain where his family has owned vineyards for several generations. When remembering the harsh vineyard labor of his youth, initially Javier wanted nothing to do with the wine industry and pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering that brought him to the University of Washington in Seattle. Here he met his future wife Shylah and both begun exploring the magnificent wines of Washington.  It was then that the “wine bug” deeply rooted in Javier’s genes finally caught back with him. They begun making wine at their home in 2000 and by 2003 they were making so much they could not give it all away and a decision was made to get licensed.

Peter Devison

Photo Credit:  Stephen Matera

Photo Credit:  Stephen Matera

Peter Devison is a Nova Scotia native who discovered his love for wine early in life. Working in restaurants as a university student in British Columbia he found he was not fulfilled by simply pouring wine and talking about it. So, he set his sights on winemaking.An opportunity to learn about vineyard selection, wine exporting, and making wine for different taste profiles lured him to New Zealand for six years. Having developed a solid foundation upon which to build his career, Peter relocated to the Pacific Northwest and began crafting award winning wine.Peter’s winemaking philosophy embodies native fermentation, low oxidization and a commitment to crafting quality wines, making his move to EFESTĒ a natural progression.


Gary Kagels,
Edie Johnson, & 
Plumb Cellars


Crandall Kyle's introduction to wine started in 1995 with a harvest job at L'Ecole No 41. It was such a fun and interesting job, in an industry whose product he enjoyed so much, that his harvest job lasted for 6 more years.

As a custom home builder, Gary Kagels has an excellent reputation of style and perfection in whatever he sets his mind on doing. The name of Plumb Cellars—and its flagship blend Damn Straight—was derived from setting their vineyard straight in accurate alignment with the plumb bob. He studied at The Center for Enology & Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College. He is Plumb Cellars' vineyard manager, ensuring that its grapes peak to their perfection of taste, for its wines.

Edie Johnson came to Walla Walla in the early '70s, whereshe worked in the medical field. After retiring in their mid-30s, she traveled extensively while her children were young.
In recent years, she owned and operated Brickstone Design Gallery which, through its wine bar and shop, led her to a joint partnership with friends to plant a vineyard and make their own wine.