Home Grown

  • Born into a farming family and raised in Royal City, WA.
  • Bit by the wine bug while touring Italy and Greece.
  • Started as a Harvest Intern at Forgeron in 2011.
  • Studied under Forgeron Founding Winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla, for eight years.
  • Viticulture & Oenology Certification from Walla Walla Community College in 2014.
  • Promoted to Winemaker in 2018 upon the announcement of Marie-Eve's retirement.
     

 

When Forgeron opened in 2001, as the 23rd winery in Walla Walla, Washington, two things defined us: our decision to set down roots in downtown Walla Walla; and our founding winemaker's French roots and viticulture and oenology training in Burgundy.

 

It was serendipitous that our new home was on the site of a turn-of-the-Century blacksmith shop. Blacksmiths are serious artisans. Able to create such beauty from ferrous metal, Blacksmiths require great skill and patience, but also great passion. The name Forgeron [FOR-juh-ron] is the French term for “blacksmith”, skilled artisans who work with their hands in an age-old tradition.

 

EXPERIENCE

Established in 2001, we've worked side-by-side Eastern Washington's best growers, who are focused on sustainability, in a quest to produce site-specific wines that illustrate the diversity found amongst Columbia Valley’s different appellations.

CONSISTENCY

Our 15+ year history of 90+ point reviews speaks to the consistency of our wines at Forgeron Cellars.

CURIOSITY

Our diverse portfolio explores the best of what Eastern Washington terroir has to offer. 

PASSION

Complex, age-worthy wines that express Washington’s full potential. We are motivated by our next trip into the vineyards or finding the next, best location for a particular variety, and then putting our skills to work with restraint, to respect the fruit’s identity through winemaking.

OLD WORLD TRADITION

  • Hand-picking grapes
  • Regular visits to the vineyards to monitor water levels, canopy, and cluster development
  • Keeping each vineyard lot separate
  • Gentle winemaking techniques, like using new oak sparingly and not inoculating for malolactic fermentation

NEW WORLD INNOVATION

  • Small-lot fermentations in contemporary cellar with temperature controlled stainless vats
  • Aging in French and American oak barrels
  • Extensive QC, like cork trials to prevent taint
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

Meet the team

Anne Hull
Wine Club & Walla Walla Tasting Room
quote I love spending time getting to know customers and club members! Join us for an event at the winery, or book a Private Tasting Experience.
Dacia Price
Woodinville Tasting Room Manager
quote Every wine has such a story to tell, the aromas and flavors, but also the land and history of place. Wine education is my thing!
Jeff Peda
Sales Consultant
quote If you represent a store or restaurant looking for exceptional small-lot wine, I'm your guy. Let's talk.
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