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Winemaker Sean Hails: Embracing Washington’s Diversity


Winemaker Sean Hails is at once an artist and an experimenter. And according to him, it’s hard not to be given the diversity in geography, climate and soil of Washington State.

Sean has always had a progressive approach and sense of adventure toward winemaking that has led him around the world. After earning a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Guelph in Ontario, he headed to Australia, where he balanced his work in winemaking with backpacking excursions along the coastal cities of Brisbane and Sydney. Today, Sean funnels his diverse background into a distinctive, contemporary winemaking style.

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of the legacy of one of Washington’s most historic wineries in the beautiful Columbia Valley,” he said.  “There is an incredible tradition of ingenious and quality winemaking here that I plan to make my own for years to come.”

Sean lives in Richland, WA, with his wife and three children, where he has begun farming his own small vineyard in his backyard. He enjoys finding new ways to discover Washington State, whether canoeing on its waterways, tasting the delicious local cuisine, or capturing its natural beauty through a camera lens.