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Grande Ronde Winery

The circle of…wine life.  Grande Ronde Cellars is the story of a caterer who struggled to find good wine, so he opened a wine shop. It’s the story of a wine shop owner who struggled to find wine variety, so he started a distributorship. It’s the story of a distributor who fell in love with the process and passion of wine-making and began a winery. In 1997 Grande Ronde Cellars was born and now the circle is complete as they are a winery that uses a distributor to sell to wine shops and ultimately to consumers and caterers. Grande Ronde is operated by partners Dave Westfall, John Mueller, and David Page.

Grande Ronde sources grapes from two prestigious Walla Walla vineyards, Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge. The 1200 case production has remained the same for all 13 vintages. The French style wine production shows patience as each vintage spends between 14-18 months in 100% French Oak and is bottle stored for three years before release. The current single vineyard reds are 2005 Seven Hills Cabernet, 2005 Pepper Bridge Cabernet and 2005 Seven Hills Merlot. Production also includes red blends, a white blend and Black Muscat, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay. Many Grande Ronde wines have received national attention and acclaim.

Wine production occurs in the mountains north of Spokane at Mountain Dome winery. While Mountain Dome is a special place and a fine producer of Sparkling wine, Dave saw an opportunity to bring wine, food and art together in Downtown Spokane. In 2004, after lobbying the state legislature, Dave opened Washington’s second cooperative / collaborative tasting room featuring wine from five “off-site” wineries; Grande Ronde, Mountain Dome, Masset, Morrison Lane, and Spokane produced EmVy Cellars. EmVy Cellars will be featured in a future Spokane Wine Magazine release.

Recently, Grande Ronde remodeled an adjoining space as an event facility for up to 40. Small weddings, corporate and private events can enjoy the cellar like atmosphere adjacent to the tasting room. “The Last Drop” is operated independently from the tasting room and requires a serving license to serve wine.

Location: 905 W. 2nd

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12-5pm (later on First Friday)

Phone: 509.455.8161

Website: www.granderondecellars.com

This article was published in the November 2010 issue of Spokane Wine Magazine


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