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Waterbrook Winery

Waterbrook Winery

Waterbrook Winery was founded in 1984 by Eric and Janet Rindal and is located in Washington State's lovely Walla Walla Valley. Their name was chosen to complement the translation from Nez Perce Indian dialect for the name Walla Walla, meaning "running water". Production has slowly increased to a total of 30,000 cases annually.

Grapes are purchased from some of Columbia Valley's finest and oldest vineyards:

RED MOUNTAIN - Yakima Valley
The area's southwestern slope has produced some of the most coveted grapes in the Columbia Valley and sealed its reputation as one of the top sights for superlative fruit in Washington State. The unique combination of topography, soil, altitude and microclimate produce the perfect environment for red wine grapes. Growers include Klipsun Vineyard, Ciel du Cheval and Red Mountain Vineyard.

Planted in the spring of 1998 this twelve acre Estate Chardonnay vineyard is in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley. The vineyard's growth is consistent and uniform but not overly vegitative, showing great potential in the years ahead. It's first harvest is successful with low tonage and exceptional flavored fruit.

Winemaker Eric Rindal

Considering that Waterbrook co-owner and winemaker Eric Rindal is so youthful and energetic these days, he was barely of drinking age when he helped L'Ecole No. 41 with their first crush. That experience did more to fire his wine passion than it did to discourage him, and he started Waterbrook Winery in 1984.

From the very beginning, Eric has sought to produce the very type of wines he likes to drink--supple and well extracted. Of course, winemaking isn't the only thing that occupies his thoughts. He loves flying, and owns his own plane, which he uses to give guests airborne tours around the Walla Walla area vineyards.

Originally from Seattle, Eric chose winemaking for the lifestyle it seemed to offer. It likely never occurred to him that he'd be working so hard and spending many sleepless nights during harvest, crush and bottling.

The Label Art

The Waterbrook philosophy of combining traditional winemaking with modern technology is reflected in the Waterbrook label. Local impressionist artist Aaron Burgess collaborates with high tech graphic designers of Giordano Kearfott to create a modern label with a classic element.

Aaron Burgess's bold strokes of vibrant color throughout his landscape of Mill Creek speak for themselves in the Waterbrook label. A self-taught painter, Burgess took his education into his own hands at the age of 15. With his departure from conventional education, he continued his studies in art history and ancient European literature.

Burgess strives to combine both the structure and the aesthetics of the natural world into an everlasting image on canvas. "Works of art should appeal to both experts and the interested laymen," says Burgess.

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