About Us

Washington State's First Premium Winery

For more than 50 years, Columbia Winery has embodied the spirit of Washington’s unique and exceptional vineyard sites, rich diversity and warm, welcoming character.

Founded in 1962 by a visionary group of 10 friends, six of whom were University of Washington professors, Columbia Winery is the result of the unrelenting curiosity and deep commitment to proving the potential of winegrowing in the Columbia Valley, located at the same latitude as Europe’s best winegrowing regions.

In 1979, Master of Wine David Lake was named head winemaker and furthered the curious spirit that was fostered under the leadership of the founders. Under Lake, Columbia Winery produced the first series of vineyard-designate wines and the first Pinot Gris, Syrah and Cabernet Franc wines in Washington.

Today, this desire for exploration and innovation continues through the leadership of Winemaker Sean Hails. Columbia Winery’s pedigree of critically acclaimed, award-winning wines continues with our portfolio of rich and deliciously drinkable wines from renowned AVAs, including Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, Ancient Lakes, Yakima Valley and Wahluke Slope.

Washington State's First Premium Winery