19501 144th Ave NE, Suite B600
Contact: Jeff and Sheila Jirka
Davenport Cellars is a boutique winery, owned and operated by Jeff and Sheila Jirka.
Our winery and tasting room are located in Northeast Woodinville in what is commonly referred to as the "warehouse district." The area is host to over three dozen wineries within a one-mile radius.
We are committed to crafting quality wines for an affordable price. We use the following tenets in our winemaking:
- source the highest quality grapes available
- use a minimalist approach
- pay attention to the details
- handle the fruit and wine as gently as possible
- maintain traditional practices
Stop by to taste our wines, take a tour or just talk.While planning for retirement we discussed the possibility of owning a vineyard or winery. It is important to acknowledge the word "or" in the previous sentence. Its relevance will become clear later in our story. Although we enjoyed wine and knew about it from the consumer's perspective, we didn't really know what owning a vineyard or winery really meant. In 2002, we started doing our homework.
We found a wealth of knowledge on the Internet and read every book we could find on viticulture (growing grapes) and winemaking. Still eager to learn more, we came across South Seattle Community College which offered a number of classes we could attend to fill in the gaps in our book knowledge. The first classes we took were in the fall of 2004. Like a fish grabbing a lure, we were hooked.
In the fall of 2005, South Seattle Community College established a bonded winery on the campus and we were in the first production class at the school. We attended nine courses between September 2005 and June 2006. We learned about winemaking, and the chemistry and microbiology involved in the process.
In July of 2006 we established Davenport Cellars LLC and began acquiring the equipment we would need to start a commercial operation.ur 2007 vintage was made through a custom crush agreement with a local winery. Fruit was sourced from some of the best vineyards in the State and was made using our tenets of winemaking - source the highest quality grapes available, use a minimalist approach, pay attention to the details, handle the fruit and wine as gently as possible, and maintain traditional practices.
Winemaker: Jeff and Sheila Jirka
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