Welcome to Five Star Cellars! We are dedicated to making the finest wine in the Walla Walla Valley for that special occasion with friends, family, or both.
David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had always enjoyed wine and so he began helping out at another winery. After helping there, David was hooked. In 2000 he decided to start a small winery to keep him busy.
The first vintage consisted of 120 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2001, production increased, doubling the Cabernet and adding the same amount of Merlot. The 2000 Cabernet was bottled, and David began to realize they needed their own space.
In August 2002, remodeling began at the current site. In September, the first crush occurred at the winery, and everything was moved in. Production increased during this time, as David’s son, Matt, was taking over as winemaker. While adding a small amount of Syrah, they made approximately 1450 cases.
The tasting room opened in December 2002 for the Barrel Tasting weekend, and the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon was released. The release was a huge success and the first vintage sold out in no time.
For 2003, the production was doubled again. David has since turned over the wine making and other day-to-day duties to Matt. David now concentrates on marketing and distribution of Five Star wines.
Five Star Cellars continues to be a family run business. David and Matt’s wives, Sandy and Traci, help with the office side of the business. Traci also does the merchandising, and handles some of the Wine Club management. During the Spring Release and Barrel Tasting weekends, extra family members are on hand to help keep everything running smoothly.
Matt Huse was born and raised in the Walla Walla Valley. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1996. Matt attended Walla Walla Community College completing the Carpentry Program. After graduating in 1998, he began working for a local contractor.
During the three years of construction, Matt had the opportunity to work on a few wineries in the Valley. As he was working on the wineries, observing the production of wine, Matt decided that he didn’t want to “pound nails” for the rest of his life. With David already making a small amount of wine, Matt made the decision to enroll at the Walla Walla Community College once again. He entered the Enology and Viticulture Program in the Winter of 2001 with the first participating class. The 2002 vintage was his first as a winemaker. After graduating in 2003, he began his life dream and dedication to produce a “Five Star” quality wine.