Tertulia Cellars

Tertulia Cellars Dundee Tasting Room

About

We believe great wine begins in the vineyard, with terroir having a great influence on the quality of the wine. Terroir is a sense of place, a summation of the geology, geography, climate and cultural practices of the people who farm the grapes. It is our goal to produce approachable, well-balanced wines that display the fruit’s unique characteristics as well as the vineyard’s distinct terroir.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington.

Additional locations:
Tertulia Cellars Dundee
1326 North HWY 99West Suite 104
Dundee, OR 97115

Tertulia Cellars Woodinville
19255 Woodinville Snohomish RD. NE Unit 4,
Woodinville, WA 98072

Features

  • Estate wines of the Walla Walla Valley.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 35

Winemaker

Ryan Raber is a self described hedonist, always thinking about his next meal. He was born and raised in Washington State with a family history rich in the culinary arts. Logically with great food on the table you will find a few choice bottles of wine. Ryan’s first experience with wine was in his early teens, making wine at home with his family. Later as his interest in wine grew he decided to pursue a career path that would eventually lead him to become the winemaker for Tertulia Cellars.

In the spring of 2005, Ryan graduated with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. Following graduation, he accepted the position as winemaker with Tertulia Cellars. After a brief absence Ryan has returned to Tertulia with the same passion and dedication to making world class wines.

Ryan lives in Walla Walla with his family. He couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves the slow pace of life that wine country has to offer. Ryan especially enjoys well planned meals and a choice bottle of wine or two shared with family and friends.

The Team

Ashley Galan: Dundee Tasting Room Manager

Ashley Galan joined Tertulia Cellars after working in the Walla Walla Wine Industry for the last 6 years. Moving back to the Willamette Valley she is excited to share great Walla Walla wines, in her home state. Having received a B.A. in History, in addition to discovering new wines she enjoys learning their history. Working in a tasting room, she enjoys connecting with new people and helping them fine that special wine. Along with their two dogs, Ashley and her husband Juan are looking forward to exploring and discovering what the valley has to offer by way of wine, food and local travel. Her interest included travel, wine, Seahawks, reading, and cooking.

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”

Michael Ervin: Walla Walla Tasting Room Manager

Michael Ervin moved to Walla Walla in 2008 from the Seattle area. He has since fallen in love with the people, weather, culture and of course the best wines in the state. Michael is excited about the future of the valley and especially the wine industry as both continue to get the recognition they deserve. On his days off you can likely find Michael at one of the three local golf courses. Michael played two years of golf at the Walla Walla CC while studying early childhood education. Now, instead of educating the youth he has chosen to educate and enjoy wine with all those who enter the tasting room.

Michael Favorite quote “By making this wine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I enabled it to pay back the national debt.”

Practices & Techniques

Ryan’s winemaking philosophy is to treat wine as art. “It is an intuitive process from the vine to the bottle each step determines the next. Science and winemaking technology are great tools but nothing can replace experience and your palate. The best wines have a sense of place or exhibit terrior. Terrior is the summation of the geology, geography, climate, and to a large extent the culture of the people who work the land and influence the wines.”

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Location: Walla Walla AVA in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

Acreage: 12 acres planted in 2008

Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon

Soil Type: An Alluvial Fan river bed and Silty loam. We use a drip irrigation and VSP trellising system.

The vineyard is located in an area where the Missoula flood came through Walla Walla. The vine floor is blanketed with old river rock. The combination of full sun and the heat soaked rocks makes it a classic location for the varieties planted. We get great drainage and with spacing at 8 feet by 5 feet, helps us keep our canopy in optimal position to provide protection to the clusters. The area is fairly windy which help us manage mildew and disease. As the vineyard matures we will continue to introduce mustard, wild flower and other vegetation to help promote beneficial insects.

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Hours

Mon: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Thu - Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address

1564 Whiteley Road
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
United States

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