"If you know what’s going on in the vineyard, you will know what to expect at harvest.”
After earning her masters degree in enology and viticulture at the University of Dijon, Marie-Eve Gilla received practical training at local Burgundian wineries and vineyards. In 1991, she came to the United States to further her winemaking experience. Intending to stay for just a few months, she realized the incredible opportunities available in the wine industry. Now after more than ten years of making premium wines in the Northwest, she has come to appreciate the incredible growing conditions we enjoy in Eastern Washington.
“I spend a lot of time in the vineyard during pruning season, flowering and the ripening period for the grapes, ”Marie-Eve says, “in order to assess the quality, pinpoint difficult areas and address them before they become a problem. If you know what’s going on in the vineyard, you will know what to expect at harvest.”
We primarily craft varietals wines by blending grapes from different sites in order to achieve the unique and lasting flavors we have come to enjoy so much in Washington wines. Sometimes vineyards in single bottling will be featured. In these exceptional years, we will work to release the elegance and outstanding character of the vineyard. We will also produce a Bordeaux blend worthy of extensive aging by integrating complex layers with structure to maintain an exceptional balance.
Marie-Eve Gilla is married to Gilles Nicault, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture at Long Shadows where he works alongside some of the world's greatest Winemakers. Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each winemaker is a partner in a unique winery dedicated to producing a single Columbia Valley wine representing a 'best of type' that reflects the winemaker's signature style.Tweet