Holmes Harbor Cellars

About

We are focused on making intense, unique and extremely high quality custom wines renowned for being exquisite, complex and bold. Our limited production wines are crafted exclusively from Washington State’s elite vineyards. These sophisticated wines are sure to please even the most discerning palate. We source our grapes from only the finest vineyards in Washington state. Our current releases are made from grapes grown in the Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Greenbank, Washington

Features

  • Produces award winning wines

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 25

Winemaker

Greg and Thresa Martinez, owners of Holmes Harbor Cellars, are the best definition of a perfect pairing. Blending art with science, together they create a distinctive wine experience for their guests.

A musician, a pilot, and poet, Greg heads up the winemaking duo. Schooled in enology through the University of Davis, they both are graduates of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Surrounded by California's most romantic wine region, it was during their college years that the couple met and fell in love over 20 years ago.

While with the Navy, Greg flew jets from aircraft carriers all over the world. He was also a commercial pilot with major airlines. These international experiences exposed him to the great wine regions of Italy, France, Spain, and Australia. His appreciation and passion for wine continued to grow.

Now, with Theresa a professional chemist and Greg an instructor for the Naval Reserve, the time was right for them to pursue their dream of building a winery on Whidbey Island. Truly a balanced partnership, the couple founded Holmes Harbor Cellars in 2005, and released their first wines in 2008.

They live at the winery's estate with their son Michael, Dachshund Daisy, Feline Agnus, Cockatoo Umberto, and Cockapoo Vino de Wine Stane.

The Team

Our "merle" colored, lovable Cockapoo pup looks as if she's splashed with wine. She's a blend of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle.

Vino isn't actually allowed to create the wines at Holmes Harbor Cellar—but she is a great inspiration to those who do!

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Les Collines (The Foothills) Vineyard is one of the highest in the Walla Walla Valley with an upper elevation of 1,500 feet. Soil moisture and weather data are recorded around the clock and current weather is always posted on the website. This 200 acre vineyard is one of the valley leaders in minimal input farming with its own composting operation and extensive use of compost tea. It is internationally certified for Sustainable Farming by the IOBC and is certified as a Salmon Safe Vineyard. It has its own state certified nursery for experiments with and propagation of clones.

Awards

2011 SFO Intl Wine Awards:
Gold 2008 Cab Sauv
Silver 2008 Red Etude
Bronze 2008 Late Harvest Syrah

2012 SFO Intl Wine Awards
Silver 2009 Carmenere
Silver 2009 3 Wire Red
Bronze 2010 Catapult

2011 Seattle Wine Awards
Double gold 2008 Petit Verdot
Bronze 2008 Cab Sauv
Silver 2008 Merlot
Bronze 2008 Riesling

2012 Seattle Wine Awards
Gold 2008 Red Etude
Gold 2009 Malbec
Silver 2009 Petite Verdot

Winepress Nothwest
2006 Cab Sauv Wine of the Week Spring 2008
2008 Petit Verdot Platinum Medal and Wine of the Week Spring 2010

2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition:
2007 Red Etude - Silver Medal
2007 Syrah - Silver Medal
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Bronze Medal

2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition:
2007 Red Etude - Silver Medal
2007 Syrah - Bronze Medal
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Silver Medal

2008 San Francisco International Wine Competition:
2006 Red Etude - Bronze Medal Winner

2008San Francisco International Wine Competition:
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Bronze Medal Winner

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Hours

Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address

4591 Honeymoon Bay Rd
Greenbank, Washington 98253
United States

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