Bergevin Lane Winery, Walla Walla Washington

Bergevin Lane Winery is one of my favorite Washington state wineries. Annette Bergevin's family have been Washington state residents since the 1800s. So in 2001, when she was burned out from what she's described as the "rat race" of California, Bergevin and her partner Amber Lane approached Gary Bergevin, Annette's father about a winery business. Gary Bergevin had more than twenty years experience in various facets of wine making, including experience in the vineyard and in terms of the business of wine making. In early 2001 the three founded Bergavin Lane Vineyards. The winery officially opened for business in May of 2003, with a corporate office in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. The Bergevin Lane winery currently produces about 11,000 of cases of wine a year, less than half their production capacity; they've been increasing their production, gradually.

Current wines include their much-loved blends, Calico White (42% Roussanne, 33% Viognier, 17% Chardonnay, 8% Marsanne), Calico Red (41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Syrah, 13% Merlot, 4% Zinfandel), their Washington fruit-forward red blend, and a number of varietals, including Vigonier, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. The grapes are sourced from several Walla Walla and Columbia Valley vineyards, including Les Collines Vineyard, and Ash Hollow Vineyard. The grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted, then fermented in steel tanks. The wines are then aged in new American, French, and neutral oak barrels and then aged between ten months and two years. Their winemaker, Steffan Jorgensen, though originally from Denmark, has worked at wineries in Chile, France, and California.

The Bergevin Lane tasting room is located here. Bergavin Lane winery also regularly posts to Facebook.