Production: (1997) 565 cases/year
A former Rainier Mountaineering guide, Chuck Reininger first began homebrewing beer, and dreamed of opening a microbrewery. Over the years growing up in Walla Walla, Chuck had occasionally helped out with crush at Waterbrook Winery, and got that bug too. In the end, the winemaking bug won out. Chuck sees several parallels between his new winemaking interest and his previous climbing interst -- both require patience, the ability to assess the medium and environment, and to anticipate. And of course they share the desire "to reach the top!"
The winery is a small (1700 square foot) facility that Chuck (tongue in cheek) jokes about as "Shackteau Reininger". This was the first to be established at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.
Of special note:
Chuck says, "We are very proud of the prestigious Winegrowers from whom we source our fruit; Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, Spring Valley, Cayuse and Artz vineyards". Chuck is concentrating on Walla Walla fruit where 96% of the 98 vintage is from. This number will increase to 98% for the 99 vintage.
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