33 W Birch Street
Walla Walla, Washington
Phone: (509) 522-9463
Contact: Marie-Eve Gilla
Forgeron is the French word for blacksmith as our winery/tasting room was the former site of a blacksmith shop. The word "Forgeron" also has a slightly different meaning in French, referring to artisans who build with their hands combining experience with an extensive knowledge of their trade.
This is the vision that Marie-Eve Gilla, part owner and winemaker, brings to the winery each day, crafting complex, food friendly wines from vineyards chosen for maturity and flavor profile.
Forgeron Cellars was founded in 2001 by a group of investors, mostly from the Walla Walla Valley, who have been involved in the wine industry since 1989.This new venture emphasizes their passion and dedication for a long-term commitment to a rapidly growing industry in the Walla Walla Valley.
After earning her masters degree in enology and viticulture at the University of Dijon, Marie-Eve Gilla received practical training at local Burgundian wineries and vineyards. In 1991, she came to the United States to further her winemaking experience. Intending to stay for just a few months, she realized the incredible opportunities available in the wine industry. Now after more than ten years of making premium wines in the Northwest, she has come to appreciate the incredible growing conditions we enjoy in Eastern Washington.
"I spend a lot of time in the vineyard during pruning season, flowering and the ripening period for the grapes, "Marie-Eve says, "in order to assess the quality, pinpoint difficult areas and address them before they become a problem. If you know what's going on in the vineyard, you will know what to expect at harvest."
We primarily craft varietals wines by blending grapes from different sites in order to achieve the unique and lasting flavors we have come to enjoy so much in Washington wines. Sometimes vineyards in single bottling will be featured. In these exceptional years, we will work to release the elegance and outstanding character of the vineyard. We will also produce a Bordeaux blend worthy of extensive aging by integrating complex layers with structure to maintain an exceptional balance.
Winemaker: Marie-Eve Gilla
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