Charles and Beverlee Hooper lived oversees for some twenty years, including a stay in the Mosel near Trier, Germany (where Juergen Grieb of Langguth Winery got his training).
After the kids had grown, they returned to Washington and settled near Husum (1979). Hooper planted vineyards in the way he'd learned in Germany, on individual stakes (necessary on steep slopes), and learned the winemaking craft at nearby Mont Elise Winery. They opened the winery in 1984 and produced 800 cases in 1985.
Over the years, the Hooper kids went off to college, and Charles and Beverlee were having a tough time keeping up with the demands of a winery, which requires a lot of physical labor. In 1997, after many fine vintages, they sold the business to Kris and Joel Goodwillie.
They've retired to Richland WA where they have a daughter and son-in-law. The return every month for the monthly "Columbia Gorge Winetasters" meeting and are enjoying their travels and still personally guarantee that Wind River Cellars is a "most-kissable" spot on the face of the earth!
The Wines: (Spring 1997)
Charles Hooper 1979-1997
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