Saintpaulia Vintners

About

At Saintpaulia, we produce wines that take us back to our roots—community, story, and the goodness of a shared meal. We are a multi-generational, family-run winery that embraces sustainable vineyard management and Old World winemaking practices. Our team isn’t afraid to take risks in our cellar. We intentionally limit our scale to ensure the clearest expression of Washington’s unique terroir. With an innovative spirit and partnership with some of the finest growers in the State, we craft exceptional wines that pay homage to home.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Snohomish, Washington.

Features

  • We take great pride in producing fine quality special wines.

Additional Information

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Winemaker

Winemaker Paul Y. Shinoda, Jr. has held many roles in both private industry and in the public sector, yet his main passion has always been wine. A graduate from the University of California - Berkeley in 1959, Paul received his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Pathology and worked for many years with his father at San Lorenzo Nursery in Santa Barbara, California. In August of 1970, Paul purchased a commercial greenhouse in Snohomish, WA, and began operation of Shinoda Floral, Inc. In addition to owning and operating the greenhouses, Paul was elected to serve three four-year terms on the Snohomish City Council and was an elected member of the Washington State House of Representatives from 1976 to 1978. He was also elected President of the Society of American Florists, which is the national trade association for growers, suppliers, wholesalers, and retail florists.

After touring vineyards and refining ideas from some of the finest and most well-respected wineries in Washington, Oregon, California, and the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France, Paul began commercially producing Cabernet Sauvignon in 1994. Saintpaulia Vintners' mission is to produce age-worthy Old World Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery's first vintage, a 1994 Cabernet (released Fall 1998), was produced from Blackwood Canyon Vineyard's grapes that were grown on Red Mountain near Benton City, WA. This site is considered by many to be among the best in the state for Cabernet Sauvignon.

History

In 1994, Paul Shinoda founded Saintpaulia on his commercial greenhouse property in Snohomish, Washington. Paul named the winery after the African violets he cultivated in his greenhouses. Allyse Ingalls, Paul’s granddaughter, spent her childhood skipping between both worlds––the smell of fermenting Cabernet blending with the scents of warm potting soil. In 2006, Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was forced to stop making wine, but he continued to share his passion for fine wine with his loved ones.

In 2016, Paul, Allyse, and her partner, John Metcalf, collaborated on their first vintage together with an emphasis on high-elevation Syrah and Riesling, and a new vision for the winery was born. Allyse focuses on sourcing sustainably-grown fruit from accomplished farmers to pair with Paul’s Old World winemaking practices. Today, with the dedicated support of family and friends, Saintpaulia has become a thriving wine community.

It’s our belief that simple acts of breaking bread and sharing wine together can foster community and cultivate lasting relationships.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Strand Vineyard:

Perched at 1,900 ft. in elevation, Strand Vineyard sits atop the Naches Heights lava flow at the foot of the Cascades, just west of Yakima. This 16-acre vineyard is currently both LIVE and Salmon Safe certified and is sustainably grown.

Aspect – Southwest

Slope – 0.9% – 3.1%

Soil Series – Tieton Fine Loam

Soil Depth – 2.75 – 3 feet

Annual Rainfall – 14.3 inches

Vine Training System – VSP Trellis

Vine Spacing – 4

Wines – Strand Vineyard Dry Riesling, Strand Vineyard Syrah

Awards

1999 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze medal winner - Northwest Wine Summit
Rated Outstanding by the Northwest Wine Press, Summer 2003

1997 Red Mountain Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze medal winner - Northwest Wine Summit.

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Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am. and 4:00 pm Pacific Time. Tastings by appointment.

Address

18302 83rd Avenue Southeast
Snohomish, Washington 98296
United States

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