MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Johnson Creek Winery
19248 Johnson Creek Rd. SE, Tenino, WA 98589
Phone: 360-264-2100

  • Tours: No
  • Tasting room: No -- Winery is CLOSED at this time
  • BW-WA-95; first vintage 1984
  • Owners: Vince de Bellis
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Page last updated: 27-Jan-2002, Page generated: 11-Sep-2005

Production: (1994) 5k gallons
Vineyards: Small decorative vineyard at the winery; grapes mostly purchased from Eastern Washington

History:
Johnson Creek Winery is located next to Alice's Restaurant, in a scenic location next to Johnson Creek outside of Tenino. The bungalow that houses Alice's Restaurant was built in 1933, and was owned by a succession of people until Alice bought it and turned it into a restaurant. In 1982, Vince deBellis, a real estate broker from the San Francisco area, and his wife Ann bought the restaurant and established Johnson Creek Winery. Vince had made amateur wine after taking a year of general agriculture classes (including viticulture studies) at University of California-Davis.

Ann, sadly, passed away in 1994, so Vince has had to put the winery on hold to concentrate on learning to take over the cooking duties at the restaurant. He hopes to resume making small amounts of wine in the future.


The Wines:
The winery is not producing wines at this time.
Winemakers:
Vince de Bellis
Vince de Bellis 1982-present

Of special note:
Alice's Restaurant offers fixed-price meals in a beautiful location, overlooking the creek and a quaint gazebo. Some Johnson Creek wines are still available in the restaurant. It's out of the way, but well worth a trip! Be sure to call ahead for reservations.


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