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
WATERBROOK VINEYARD - Walla Walla Valley
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.
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.