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Forgeron Cellars is getting a fresh new look!

Our new logo and label center around the Fleur-de-lis, symbolic of my French heritage and wine training in Burgundy. Designed to depict forged metal, we pay homage to our origins and the blacksmith shop here in Walla Walla--as so often you find Fleur-de-lis crafted in ferrous metal. Our new colors will be light and feminine, because, while I love to make big, bold, masculine wines, I'm proud to be a woman winemaker!

Changing your look is not easy and not a decision to make lightly. When I first decided to chop my hair short, it was a difficult decision for sure. But I knew, if I really hated it, it would grow back. It's a much bigger commitment to change the Forgeron brand look! I have to say though, I'm pretty excited about this fresh new face for Forgeron.

How it all began

When I started the winery back in 2001, two things really defined us:

  • our decision to set down roots in downtown Walla Walla
  • my French roots, and viticulture and enology training in Burgundy.

We were the 23rd winery to put roots down in Walla Walla, Washington and I was so excited to stake our claim by putting our full production winery right downtown--just four blocks from the Marcus Whitman Hotel and the great restaurants on Main Street. It was serendipitous that our new home was on the site of a turn-of-the-Century blacksmith shop. Blacksmiths are serious artisans--it's not easy to create such beauty from ferrous metal; not only does it require great skill and patience; you must truly be passionate about your trade. This was point number one that really clicked with me, as these are requirements to make wine at a small winery.

Then, when we were digging up the foundation, making way for the crushpad, we unearthed a stash of old horseshoes. I love horses and ride 2-3 times per week. This was a second connection to our place that really felt good for me. Thus, we decided to name the winery Forgeron Cellars. Forgeron is the French translation for 'Blacksmith'. Much of our branding to date has been focused on the story of our place and how we got our start.

Fast forward to 2016, our 15-year anniversary! We've grown so much and have such a wonderful 'cru' of family and friends and we're making nearly 8,000 cases per year. We see many of our friends at our two tasting room locations in Walla Walla and Woodinville, and we have distribution in five states and we're growing! Reflecting on the fact that our wines are sold beyond the doors of our Walla Walla winery, we realized that while the story of our place and how we got our start is still very important, it's not the primary story we need to tell people when they get introduced to our wine.

The primary story revolves around our experience, credibility, curiosity, and passion. 
Our new logo and label center around the Fleur-de-lis, symbolic of my French heritage and wine training in Burgundy. Designed to depict forged metal, we pay homage to our origins and the blacksmith shop here in Walla Walla--as so often you find Fleur-de-lis crafted in ferrous metal. Our new colors will be light and feminine, because, while I love to make big, bold, masculine wines, I'm proud to be a woman winemaker!

All of us here at Forgeron are very excited to start this new year with a fresh new feeling. We hope you like it too! It will take a little while to make the complete transition. We'll still be working on our website, and we'll be selling the black and red label for a couple of wines through the end of the year. When you're shopping in stores, please look for both! And if you don't find what you're looking for, please ask!


Rhone Inspired Washington Wines from Forgeron Cellars
Wine Tasting Line-up for August 2016

There's something different every month! Learn what it means to be a Rhône-inspired Washington wine, and taste up to 6 of our fun and interesting varieties.

Marie-Eve Interviewed for "Women in Wine" Series

"My training in Burgundy has prepared me to deal with the unique growing conditions of the Columbia Valley... a firm believer that great wines are made in the vineyard..." - Marie-Eve Gilla

Pamela Heiligenthal,, March 9, 2015

History of Canoe Ridge Winery tells of Forgeron Cellars' Founding

Once one of Washington state’s most important brands, Canoe Ridge Vineyard celebrates its 20th anniversary & its contribution to winemaking in the Walla Walla Valley, including Forgeron Cellars.

"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.

Marie-Eve Featured in 2014-2015's "Essential Guide Spokane-Coeur D'Alene-Walla Walla"

"In the Walla Walla wine industry, a woman's place is in the cellar, in the vineyard, and in the CEO's chair."

Andy Perdue, Great Northwest Wine, 2014

June 4 - Interviews Marie-Eve for "Terroirist Tuesday"

"A winemaker’s story is a true hero’s journey –  involving obstacles, an occasional mentor, and the ultimate reward - in this case, wine. Details may vary, but never the storyline."

EVERY Saturday - Winery Tours @ Forgeron's Walla Walla Winery & Tasting Room

More Than a Tasting Room - EVERY SATURDAY @ 1pm, join the Cru @ Forgeron Cellars Winery & Tasting Room in Downtown Walla Walla for a Winery Tour & Tasting!

Forgeron Cellars is May's "Winery of the Month" @ Cameo Heights Mansion

Cameo Heights Mansion was recently named TripAdvisor's "Traveler's Choice 2013" as Top 25 B&Bs in the U.S.

Wine Enthusiast Names Walla Walla a "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2014"

Names Walla Walla the "epicenter of Washington wine tourism" & lists Forgeron Cellars as "Where to Taste" & a "top local producer"...

Touring & Tasting Magazine Explores Washington Reds

In the words of one esteemed winemaker, "I don't think there is very good agreement on what 'big' is." Touring & Tasting asked 5 Washington State winemakers, including Marie-Eve Gilla, Forgeron Cellars, to shed some light on the subject.

EVERY Saturday - PAC-12 Football @ Forgeron Cellars Woodinville!!

EVERY Saturday from 12.30 to 4.30, enjoy the PAC-12 "Game of the Week" on Forgeron Cellars' outdoor patio big screen!

Marie-Eve announces NEW Walla Walla Tasting Room Hours

Beginning July 1st, our WALLA WALLA TASTING ROOM will be Open THURSDAY-MONDAY, 11:00AM-5:30PM; Closed TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY.

2011 Chardonnay a Summer "Wine Pick" -

"Forgeron Cellars, 2011 Chardonnay, — $27. French-born winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla forges a Burgundian beauty — poised, polished, pleasantly light — the perfect wine for seafood, chicken, or pasta at your next patio party."

L.M. Archer, FWS,, July/August 2013

"6 Steps for Starting a Wine Tasting Group" - WA Wine Report

When asked, “What’s the best way to learn about wine?” Answering “Drink more!” can be an expensive way to learn what you like or don’t like. Ryan Messer suggests “Start a wine tasting group”.

Paul Gregutt finds Forgeron Merlots Absolutely "Improve with Age"

Take a wine of a certain age, open it, & taste it over a 2-day period. Not many can pass that test as this [2003 Merlot] did..."

Paul Gregutt, Unfined & Unfiltered -, July 14 2013

Wine Advocate rates Forgeron Cellars "Outstanding"

"...The wines are outstanding across the board & show great textures, integrated acidity..."

The Wine Advocate, June 2013

Feds put new rules on wineries' use of social media

"...companies that advertise beverages on social networking sites, blogs, mobile applications & video sharing sites...will have to include mandatory statements on their profile or brand pages & refrain from making prohibited statements, such as false health claims."

Marie-Eve invited to join the prestigious "Les Dames d'Escoffier, International", Seattle Chapter!!

Les Dames d'Ecoffier International is unlike any other organization in the world - it is an invitational, philanthropic group of women leaders in food, beverage, & hospitality whose missions is supporting women through education, advocacy, & philanthropy.

WA Wine Report shares 7 Steps for Wine Touring with Children

Wine touring with children can be done, & with a little pre-planning, it can even be enjoyable for all.

Ryan Messer, Washington Wine Report, March 14 2013

Hedges Family Estates shares "Rules for Attending Wine Festivals"

"Don't pinch your fingers & say, "Just a little."  Dump it if you don't want to finish it, but I'm going to pour as much as I damn well please..."

February 21-March 24 - The Herbfarm in Woodinville adds 2011 Ambiance to March's "Super Cattle in Seattle" Theme Menu

"Super Cattle in Seattle ~ The Best of the Bovines" is the theme of The Herbfarm's 9-course dinners paired with the crisp, bright, slightly spicy 2011 Ambiance White Rhone Blend.

Marie-Eve Gilla represents Forgeron Cellars & the WA State Wine Commission on Quebec, Canada.

For many in the Montreal area, this showcase was their first introduction to Washington wines.

Sean Sullivan pairs 2010 Lt Harvest Riesling & Theo Chocolate for Q13 News

"...For me, the 2010 Forgeron Cellars Late Harvest Riesling...worked beautifully with the chocolate covered caramels..."

Sean P. Sullivan, WA Wine Report for Q13 Fox News


The Herbfarm in Woodinville adds 2010 Late Harvest Riesling to January's "Truffle Treasure" Theme Menu

An Exploration of the Mysterious Truffle With Particular Emphasis on the Indigenous Truffles of the Pacific Northwest - The wild native truffles of Oregon, Washington & British Columbia will seduce you!

Silver Label
Forgeron Wine Now Available in Quebec, Canada!

In Quebec, Fans of Forgeron can now visit their local "Societe des Alcohol du Quebec" stores for some of Marie-Eve's Vins d'inspiration française...