Gramercy Cellars

Gramercy

About

Our wines often require time to develop, but reward that with patience. We seek to produce wines that complement food, provide great pleasure, and stand out as uniquely made in Washington. Gramercy Cellars is dedicated to two amazing individuals whom we miss very much: John Lewis Plummer, Pam’s father and himself an entrepreneur, who spent his life preparing for a time when he could help his children follow their dreams. It is thanks to his love and generosity that we were able to create Gramercy Cellars. Master Sommelier Michael Bonaccorsi, whose untimely passing in 2004 motivated us to found Gramercy Cellars, following his example to start and operate a boutique winery focused on quality, integrity, and sustainability.

Location Description

Located in Beautiful Walla Walla, Washington.

Features

  • We believe that great wines share common traits: great vineyards, small production, minimalist winemaking, time, and patience.

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Winemaker

Greg Harrington is the founder of and winemaker for Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington. His winemaking focuses on great vineyards, minimalist intervention in the process, and balanced, earthy wines, including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo.

Brandon Moss - Partner/Assistant Winemaker - Since joining Gramercy during the 2008 harvest, Brandon has been the assistant winemaker, becoming partner in 2011. Brandon grew up in the Walla Walla Valley on a small family farm, in which his family cultivated plum trees and also raised a wide assortment of farm animals, from chickens to cows to pigs, and even a goat. Opting to part ways with farm life, Brandon made his way to Oregon State University to take dental classes. After four years of smelling people’s bad breath, however, he realized that his true passion did not lie in dentistry—he wanted to create those stained teeth, not clean them! So he switched his major to fermentation science with an eye to becoming a winemaker, a move that put him squarely in the crosshairs of the farm life he had been so eager to leave behind. He graduated Oregon State in 2006 with a degree in food science, an option in fermentation science, with minors in business and chemistry.

History

Prior to founding Gramercy, Greg spent his career overseeing some of the most prestigious wine programs in the country, working for top restaurants and chefs such as Joyce Goldstein, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Stephen Hanson. Since passing the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam at the age of 26, Greg has been passionate about making wine. His Washington odyssey began in the spring of 2004, at a backyard picnic in Brooklyn, which was hosted by the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. There, Greg and Pam tasted wines that surprised them and were different from what they had come to expect from American wines—these were wines that displayed earthy characteristics and balance. A marathon tasting trip in Walla Walla in southeastern Washington later that spring convinced them that Walla Walla was in their future. At first, this meant “when they retire,” but that quickly became “five years from now.” Meanwhile, Greg worked harvest in 2004 in Walla Walla and became more convinced than ever that Walla Walla was the place in the U.S. to make the wines he loved. Soon thereafter, they decided to seize the opportunity to finally follow their dreams full time. Gramercy had its first harvest in 2005.

The Team

Pam Harrington - "The Brains" Pam would not generally be categorized as a wine “expert.” Her career has straddled everything from private equity banking at J.P. Morgan to national education policy advocacy work with a Boston-based nonprofit. She currently works in executive recruiting for private equity funds across the U.S. Although her knowledge of wine does seem to grow with each sip, it is not likely that Pam will be directing winemaking efforts at Gramercy any time soon. Instead, she focuses on marketing work for Gramercy’s retail and Club customers.

Practices & Techniques

Gramercy’s philosophy is simple: to develop or partner with the best vineyards, harvest ripe—not overripe—grapes, intervene minimally in the winemaking process, and use as little new oak as possible. The resultant wines display balance, intense fruit notes, strong earthiness, restraint, and elegance.

Awards

Wall Street Journal - Top 3 Washington State Syrahs,
Seattle Magazine - Best Syrah 2009,
Seattle Magazine - Best New Winemaker & Best New Winery 2008

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Hours

By Appointment - Tuesday through Friday Open Saturdays 11am to 5pm

Address

635 N. 13th Ave.
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
United States

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