Winemaker Lance Baer founded Baer Winery in 2000 with a single passion—to bring something unique to Woodinville. After years of working with some of the most prestigious wineries in the area, Lance wanted to take his winemaking skills in his own, creative, direction. Lance succeeded in handcrafting blends distinctly his own, and in April 2003 the winery’s signature blend, Ursa, was released. Ursa, a feminine expression of red wine, predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc, was soon followed by Arctos, a bolder Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend.
As operations moved from an apartment in Redmond to a converted property on six rural acres in Woodinville and the winery was able to grow in production. Lance’s passion went from just 200 cases in 2003 to the nearly 1,800 cases we stand at now. In late 2007, Baer Winery moved into the popular wine complex near downtown Woodinville - a move which will allow us to grow to producing 2,400 cases per year. Though we’re moved into our new spot, we still maintain the final goal of building a new facility on the rural property.
Sadly, our founder, son, brother and friend, Lance Baer, passed away in May of 2007, at the too young age of 39, but the Baer family, Lisa and Les, and the contingent of friends and volunteers who are passionate about wine are continuing to produce the wines that Lance was devoted to creating. Though Lance was always a self-proclaimed control freak he created a community at Baer Winery of family, friends, and other helping hands who are passionate about wine and share his vision to offer something just a little different.
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