Troy Ledwick has been in the wine industry since 1989 but not in the way he is involved now. Troy started working in restaurants as a server and learned as much as he could as he climbed the ladder becoming a wine director for a grand award wine list restaurant in Florida. After that, he ventured on to manage a country club restaurant and then sold wine for one of the nations largest distributors as an on-premise sales representative; all the while he volunteered for a local wine festival that benefits a children’s charities.
As part of his job as wine director for The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key, Florida, he started volunteering his time for The Florida Wine Festival in 1994 and still currently works for them as a consultant. The Florida Wine Festival is where he met a winemaker from Walla Walla, Washington who was making very fine wine. Little did Troy know, but that very same day his wife found him a wine school via the internet in Walla Walla. Serendipitous!
Troy and his wife Kathy, (a nurse) traveled that summer out to Washington loading two cats and themselves into their car and driving the 3500 miles. Kathy worked at the U of W in the CVICU while Troy worked his first “crush” and they both fell in love with the area. So they made the decision to sell the house in Florida and move out west.
Troy attended the Walla Walla School of Enology and was mentored by a fabulous man by the name of Stan Clark, a teacher at the school. Stan aided Troy in finding jobs during the “crush” season to further his experiences. Troy worked crush for Forgeron, Basel Cellars, and Long Shadows wineries and gleaned what he could from the wonderful wine making styles of these Winemakers.
In 2004, Troy made a practice run of winemaking for himself and he is very happy with how it has turned out. It is our "Release No. One" Robert Parker gave it an 89 point rating. Troy started as winemaker for Hence Cellars in 2005 with the tall order to produce “great wines” and hasn’t stopped to look back. Hence Cellars released their 2005 Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon in May of 2007. The wines are sold out but also received Robert Parker ratings of 92-93 points. Not bad for right out of the gate.
Troy continues to make outstanding wines for TL Cellars and is working on maintaining superior quality by using only the best fruit and innovative winemaking techniques. “Wine making is something I feel more than I can describe” says Troy. Troy and Kathy hope to maintain the small winery during these difficult times. Kathy’s past catering experience is a perfect blend to Troy’s winemaking especially during the big weekends. “We want people to feel like they have come into our home and are part of our family for a celebration” says Kathy. “Wine and Food and the Celebration of Life, what more is there”?