Robison Ranch Cellars

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Winemaker

Brad Riordan retired out of the San Francisco Bay area in 2003. After a career in high tech sales, he wanted to move back to the northwest and pursue a hobby of making wine. No surprise when it took on a life of its own and became a business. Walla Walla Community College has a nationally recognized Enology and Viticulture program, and Brad studied there under the late Stan Clarke, finishing the program in early 2006. Ruth Riordan, a retired school teacher, became involved when the winery bonded in 2008. She shares responsibility in most aspects of the business. They feel they owe much of their success to friends and family who, when asked to spend the day in a cold shed helping with the crush or bottling, say "Sure, what time?"

History

Robison Ranch was acquired by Lester Robison at the beginning of the 20th century. Lester’s son Jim has lived and worked on the ranch his entire life. Jim’s wife Jane has been his partner on the ranch for over 60 years.

The Robisons followed the growth of the wine industry in Walla Walla with great interest. When Jim and Jane met the winemaker Brad Riordan and his wife Ruth, they found that they had similar interests and goals concerning wine making and formed a partnership.

2006 and 2007 were experimental production years. A variety of barrels, yeasts, and grapes were used during this trial period. Satisfied with the reviews of the resulting wine from a range of people including friends, family and wine & food industry professionals, Robison Ranch Cellars bonded in 2008.

Address

98 Garden Dr
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
United States

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