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"Walla Walla Winemaker Teams Up With a Superhero"

Forgeron Cellars' Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla’s latest adventure has her making wine for a superhero—or at least he plays one on TV.  Actor Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen on the hit show Arrow) and longtime friend & Walla Walla native Andrew Harding started Nocking Point Wines in 2013.


November 3, 2014

For Immediate Release

Walla Walla Winemaker Teams Up With a Superhero

Dreams, possibilities, and characters with great physique — these are things to love about watching science fiction, and Forgeron CellarsMarie-Eve Gilla is no exception. 

Winemaker Gilla’s latest adventure has her making wine for a superhero — or at least he plays one on TV.  When actor Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen on the hit show Arrow, and longtime friend Andrew Harding, who grew up in the Walla Walla Valley, decided to start a winery, they looked to find help to make fantastic wines for their new brand Nocking Point Wines. Honored to have been selected, Gilla enjoys working on their Vigilante Red, Year Two: New Bow, and Maja, a white blend.  “I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi — I count the cult-film Blade Runner, and Watchmen in my list of favorites. It goes without saying that I am really excited that I’m making wine for a superhero!” Gilla says.

Nocking Point Wines, started in 2013, has already been a huge success. In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Amell explains, "In 2014 we did 1200 cases and were 100% sold out.” Nearly four hundred people lined up to attend last week’s Nocking Point Wine Release Party in California.  (

Although working with the Nocking Point crew is new for Gilla, she is no novice in winemaking. Now a United States citizen, Gilla was born in Paris and grew up in France's food and wine culture.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture and her Master’s Degree in Fermentation Science at the University of Dijon.  She gained years of practical experience and training in Burgundy's wineries and vineyards. 

Arriving in the United States in 1991, Gilla worked at Argyle, Covey Run, Hogue, and Gordon Brothers before bringing her extensive experience and knowledge to Walla Walla in 2001. Since then, as Forgeron Cellars' founding winemaker and managing partner, she has been crafting critically acclaimed wines influenced by her French heritage and the pioneering spirit of Walla Walla.

After making wine in the region for more than twenty years, Gilla is still passionate about the industry and excited about the future. She says, “I love the culture in Walla Walla; it has elements of a European lifestyle. I also love the trees! I love the land we have under vine here in Washington and, as a viticulturist, I see the potential and can truly appreciate and be excited by what is yet to come from this area.”

You can find out more about Marie-Eve and Forgeron Cellars at or by calling 522-9463. You can learn more about Nocking Point at

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