Wines

The Forgeron winemaking philosophy remains unchanged since 2001 when our founding winemaker opened Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla. The principles learned in Burgundy, continue to apply. We uncover the best vineyard sites for our favorite varietals grown in the AVAs of the Columbia Valley, then gently guide the winemaking process to deliver wines that fully express the beauty, complexity, and age-worthiness the region has to offer.

ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon
DIONYSUS VINEYARD
COLUMBIA VALLEY
ANVIL Merlot
2014 ANVIL Merlot
MINNICK HILLS VINEYARD
WALLA WALLA VALLEY
ANVIL Malbec
2012 ANVIL Malbec
STONETREE VINEYARD
WAHLUKE SLOPE
Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
WALLA WALLA VALLEY
Merlot
2013 Merlot
COLUMBIA VALLEY
Chardonnay
2015 Chardonnay
COLUMBIA VALLEY
Façon Blanc
2015 Façon Blanc
COLUMBIA VALLEY
Façon Rouge
2014 Façon Rouge
COLUMBIA VALLEY
Barbera
2014 Barbera
SAGEMOOR VINEYARD
COLUMBIA VALLEY
Zinfandel
2014 Zinfandel
ALDER RIDGE VINEYARD
HORSE HEAVEN HILLS
Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
KLIPSUN VINEYARD
RED MOUNTAIN
Malbec
2014 Malbec
COLUMBIA VALLEY
Primitivo
2015 Primitivo
STONETREE VINEYARD
WAHLUKE SLOPE
L'Orange
2016 L'Orange
CRAWFORD VINEYARD
YAKIMA VALLEY

Events

Our full production winery and tasting room is located right downtown Walla Walla, walking distance from historic Main Street's fine restaurants, shops, hotels, and tasting rooms. For those who can't make it to Walla Walla Wine Country, our Woodinville Tasting Room and Event Space offers convenient access to our wine club and tasting room only Société Selections.

Jun 2
Woodinville Tasting Room
Woodinville Wine Country
Jun 14-16
Downtown Walla Walla Winery
Walla Walla Wine Country
Jul 7
Woodinville Tasting Room
Woodinville Wine Country

Our Story

We work to uncover the best vineyard sites for varietals grown in the AVAs of the Columbia Valley, then gently guide the winemaking process to deliver wines that express the beauty, complexity, and age-worthiness the region has to offer.
Cody Janett
WINEMAKER

Vineyards

Washington shares the long hours of sunlight and continental climate of many great wine growing regions of the world. Forgeron is proud to work with exceptional vineyard partners, from across Columbia Valley in Eastern Washington, who are focused on sustainability and align with our philosophy on pruning, use of technology, and harvesting technique.

Walla Walla Valley
5 Acres Sourced
Bridging both Washington and Oregon, the Walla Walla Valley AVA ranges from 400 to 2000 feet in elevation, and receives between seven and 22 inches of rainfall depending on the area of the valley. This area is a regional agricultural hub that abounds with crisp apples, juicy strawberries, tender asparagus, sumptuous sweet onions, and nearly 3,000 acres of prime vineyards.
Birch Creek Vineyard
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Francisca's Vineyard
Chardonnay, Viognier
Minnick Hills Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Seven Hills Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley
2 Acres Sourced
Encompassing nearly 11 million acres, Columbia Valley bridges the states of Washington and Oregon, and was established as an American Viticulture Area in 1981. Variety typicity and pure fruit aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of wine from the Columbia Valley. The relationship to the Missoula Floods, a series of cataclysmic events, defines the soil types of the vineyards in Washington. Most vineyards lie below the floodwaters with soils of loess—wind blown deposits of sand and silt—overlying gravel and slackwater sediment with basalt forming the bedrock. This provides a diversity of soil types that are well drained and ideal for viticulture. The Columbia Valley lies in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain range. The region has an arid and semi-arid, continental climate, receiving an average of 6–8 inches (15–20 cm) of precipitation annually. Irrigation is therefore required to grow vinifera grapes. This irrigation, along with consistently warm, dry temperatures during the growing season, provides growers with a large amount of control over grape development compared to many other regions of the world. This leads to minimal vintage variation and high-quality wines.
Dionysus Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Sagemoor Vineyard
Barbera
Red Mountain
Red Mountain
2 Acres Sourced
The smallest appellation in Washington State at 4,040 acres, Red Mountain is named after the reddish hue of cheatgrass in the spring. This is a hot AVA with 6 to 8 inches of average rainfall and the plantings are primarily red grapes. Red Mountain soil is made up of sandy loam and gravel with high alkalinity (high pH) and a rich calcium carbonate content. A lack of soil nutrients along with the high pH reduces the vigor of the vines, resulting in significantly smaller berry sizes compared to varietal norms. This, along with prevailing winds, leads to higher tannin levels in many of the wines compared to other regions.
Heart of the Hill Vineyard
Mourvèdre
Klipsun Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon
Horse Heaven Hills
Horse Heaven Hills
1 Acre Sourced
The Horse Heaven Hills is 570,000 acres (230,671 ha) in size, with elevations ranging from 200 feet (61 m) above sea level along the Columbia River to 1,800 feet (549 m) at the northern boundary. Pressure differentials cause significant winds in the Horse Heaven Hills. These winds reduce canopy size and toughen grape skins, as well as protect against mold and rot. The nearby Columbia River also has a moderating effect on temperatures, reducing the risk of early and late season frosts, which can be a problem in nearby areas. The area is among Washington’s warmer growing regions, allowing a wide variety of grapes to ripen successfully.
Alder Ridge Vineyard
Zinfandel
Wahluke Slope
Wahluke Slope
3 Acres Sourced
As one of the warmest regions in the state, the Wahluke Slope is known primarily for red grape varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Wahluke Slope wines tend to be ripe and full-bodied with pure varietal fruit flavors. The entire 81,000-acre appellation sits on a large alluvial fan, making the soils notably uniform over a large area. The topsoil is deep, wind-blown sand with a depth, on average, of more than 5 feet (150cm). This provides both ample drainage for vinifera vines and greater uniformity in plant vigor and ripening than seen in other areas of Washington.
StoneTree Vineyard
Malbec, Primitivo
Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley
7 Acres Sourced
The Yakima Valley is one of Washington’s cooler growing regions. For this reason, white grape plantings outnumber red grape plantings. Yakima Valley Chardonnays display a variety of aromas and flavors depending on the relative warmth of the vineyard site. Cooler sites are notable for fresh green apple and warmer sites for stone fruit and tropical fruit. While a cooler region compared to its peers, the Yakima Valley also includes the Red Mountain appellation, which is consistently one of Washington’s warmest growing regions. There is, therefore, considerable diversity across sites. The Yakima Valley wholly contains the sub-appellations Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain.
Boushey Vineyard
Marsanne, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc
Candy Mountain Vineyard
Merlot
Crawford Vineyard
Chardonnay, Roussanne
French Creek Vineyard
Chardonnay

Accolades

Before landing in Walla Walla, Marie-Eve Gilla studied at the University of Dijon and worked at several wineries in Burgundy (Chardonnay’s ancestral home). No surprise, then, that her Chardonnays for Forgeron Cellars consistently stand toe to toe with considerably pricier versions. This 2014 comes from six vineyards scattered across Washington, and it offers creamy peach and apricot fruit complemented by subtle, attractive notes of oak and earth.
Seattle Magazine's 12th Annual Washington Wine Awards
WHITE WINE OF THE YEAR SeattleMag.com
The top Chardonnay is the 2015 ANVIL Chardonnay French Creek Vineyard, 100% Chardonnay that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak. Lighter gold-colored with rocking notes of sautéed citrus and stone fruits, brioche, honeysuckle, and white flowers, this beauty is concentrated, supple, and pure, with terrific elegance and purity. It's incredibly classy, has a touch of oak to integrate, yet should keep for 7-8 years, probably longer.
Jeb Dunnuck
JebDunnuck.com
94
The aromas are light, with notes of garden herb, pencil lead, barrel spice and dark fruit that are not yet ready to fully reveal their potential. The palate brings considerably more generosity, with lithe black-fruit flavors backed by fine-grained tannins. It's a very pretty expression of the variety.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
91
An impeccably balanced beauty based on 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot from vines planted in 1988, the 2013 Anvil gives up notes of black currants, scorched earth and coffee beans. Rich, full-bodied, impressively concentrated and with killer purity, count me as a fan, and it will drink well for 10-15 years (2017 - 2033).
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94
Leafy herbs, earth, black currants and hints of toasty oak all emerge from the medium-bodied, fresh and elegant 2013 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Nicely balanced, with fine tannin and notable purity, it's a classic 2013 that should evolve nicely for 5-7 years.
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91
This wine is just under half Syrah with the balance near equally split between Mourvèdre and Grenache. Peppery spices and sappy dark-fruit aromas are followed by juicy dark-fruit flavors that persist. It shows a very pretty styling.
Sean Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast
91
The greatest wine I’ve tasted from this estate, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Anvil checks in as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was raised in new French oak barrels. It’s a big, rich, decadently styled effort that offers beautiful red and black currants, cassis, underbrush, graphite and hints of wild herbs in a full-bodied, pure, layered and textured package that never comes across as heavy or cumbersome.
Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94
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