Award-winning wines, all made from varietals grown in Washington State.
Wind Rose Cellars aspires to be Pacific Northwest’s premier winery for producing Italian-style wines. They produce small lots of handcrafted wines from select vineyards in eastern Washington. For white wines: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Orange Muscat, and a dry rosé called Rosato. For red wines: Barbera, Primitivo, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Cab Sauv, Malbec, Tempranillo, Grenache, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carménère. Many of these varieties are difficult to find in Washington. The Primitivo, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo are very rare, with around 10 acres total. From the varieties they make, many are around 120 cases per lot, with a total production of around 1,000 cases.
Wind Rose Cellars is a joint project of husband and wife team David Volmut and Jennifer States. To further their goal in crafting blended Italian-style wines towards balance and perfection, the couple has made several trips to Italy–particularly Piedmont and Sicily–to try the wines, taste the food and experience the rustic Old Country. You may recognize this Old Country character in their wines.
The Wind Rose Philosophy
The Wind Rose Cellars wine style is to let the grower and Mother Nature do their work. The decision to pick grapes is not based on Brix or sugar content, but more on flavor development and balance. The Italian varietals they use tend to retain more of their acidity than most grapes, such as Bordeaux or Rhone varietals, so the wines tend to be more crisp and fruit forward by design. Neutral barrels tend to hold onto these flavors and allow a roundness to develop. The natural tannins found within the grape skins themselves offer structure and elegance not hidden or masked by heavy oak.
What is a Wind Rose?
The winery name is after the wind rose. A wind rose will tell you what direction whence the wind comes. They used to be very decoratively displayed on sailing maps. In olden times, a wind rose was used to help sailors know the direction of the various winds. David and Jennifer partly chose this name because of the uniqueness of the image itself and what the image itself portrays about the NW as a nautical region. The wind rose image they chose for their logo is dated from 1492. It was crafted by Jorge Aguiar, a Portuguese cartographer. Various aspects of this image was used for their logo, from the inner rose to the entire design.
Wind Rose Cellars Tasting Room
During the day Wind Rose Cellars offers wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, local and regional artwork, wine glassware and other accessories. In the evening, they are also a wine bar that features their wines as well as light snacks and appetizers. In addition, their tasting room is an art gallery for local artists from the Olympic Peninsula.
Their tasting room is located in downtown Sequim, just a few block from Nourish Restaurant.
Wind Rose Cellars
143 W Washington
Sequim, WA 98382