Darren and Jane Sawin purchased this beautiful Estate Vineyard in 2015 wanting to share their farming roots with their children. Different from farming in Saskatchewan, they learned as much as they could about viticulture and wine making.
Sharing this journey with our family has been a dream for some time, being able to teach the children about farming and business while creating family memories that will last a life time. The children are hands on learning about the vines and the business.
By teaming up with award winning wine maker Jason Parkes, and his team at Jason Parkes Customs, our vision of building a winery on the Estate was born. Darren is learning the art of winemaking under Jason and his team and through courses at Washington State University.
Priest Creek vineyard features 25 year old Gewurztraminer vines. For the balance of the Estate, the family worked hard to change out the table grape crop to wine grapes in 2018 and 2019. A combination of three clones of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay have been planted and the Estate and is now in full production.
Great wine starts from the soil and the vines the fruit is grown!