Winemaking

Winemaking


Established, trusted and highly acclaimed year after year, the Waterbrook winemaking philosophy underscores fruit-forward, varietally correct wines at an exceptional value. 

 

In 2008, Waterbrook constructed a brand new winery facility, and in the process winemaker John Freeman was given the latitude to appoint it with the best possible tools of the trade. Every luxury – from cross-flow filtration, a small lot basket press, to open-top fermenters – was afforded for long-term growth and continued high-quality, cellar-worthy wine.

Within the winery is an enviable barrel program. Our winemaker views oak as his “spice rack” intended to enhance the fruit, but never overpower it. American oak is primarily used for the Columbia Valley tier, where extended time in French Oak is the preferred complement to the Reserve tier.

What remains over the years is an impressive, award-winning winemaking team creating outstanding wine with every vintage. Our talented and experienced winemaking team has an average of 10 years of service to Waterbrook, ensuring quality and consistency from crush to bottle.