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A brief history

Woodward Canyon Winery was established in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. The winery was named for the canyon where Rick's family farmed for multiple generations and where the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard is now located. Woodward Canyon was the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley, and the Smalls were instrumental in the process of obtaining federal approval of the Walla Walla Valley Appellation in 1984. The winery has consistently produced premium, age-worthy cabernet sauvignons, Bordeaux-style blends and merlots as well as chardonnays. From the outset, it was determined that quality would take precedence over quantity.

The family’s roots run deep in the land that they have farmed for four generations. Rick and Darcey’s children, Jordan and Sager, share in the ownership of Woodward Canyon and are transitioning into leadership roles in the winery and vineyard as their parents step back from the day to day operations. Winemaker Kevin Mott was made a partner in 2011 as well.

Rick planted the first of forty-one acres of the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard in 1976 on his family’s dryland wheat ranch. The hillside vineyard now includes cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay as well as several experimental Italian and Rhone varieties. The Estate Vineyard is Certified Salmon Safe. The Smalls are also experimenting with organic and bio-dynamic farming practice. The winery purchases grapes from select growers and is a partner in Champoux Vineyard which lies above the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation. Woodward Canyon has a strong belief that the quality of the wine starts in the vineyards; grape-growing and winemaking after all, are still agriculture.
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Established in 1981

11920 W. Highway 12
Walla Walla, Washington, United States




Meet The Winemakers

  • Kevin Mott


    Kevin Mott graduated from The College of Idaho with a degree in Chemistry. He began his career in the wine industry in 1986 at Ste. Chapelle Winery in Caldwell, Idaho, progressing from Cellar Worker and Laboratory Technician to Winemaker. In 1999 he was responsible for the development of Chalone Wine Group's Sagelands Vineyard in Washington's Yakima Valley and acted as General Manager and Winemaker until moving to Canoe Ridge Vineyard in 2002. Mott served as Winemaker there, overseeing both winery and vineyard operations. He came to Woodward Canyon in the summer of 2003 as Winemaker. In 2011, Kevin became a shareholder in Woodward Canyon.

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Woodward Canyon Winery Wines

Featured Wines

Woodward Canyon Winery "Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon Winery"Old Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon

Woodward Canyon Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon WineryEstate Cabernet Sauvignon

Woodward Canyon Winery Non-Vintage Red Wine Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon WineryNon-Vintage Red Wine

This Non-Vintage Red Wine is a great everyday drinking red wine. Perfect for holiday party's, BBQ's, pasta and pizza dishes, and more.

Woodward Canyon Winery Estate Chardonnay Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon WineryEstate Chardonnay

Our 100% Estate Chardonnay; a leaner-style chardonnay, no new oak, and minimal malolactic fermentation, thus preserving the natural acidity.

Woodward Canyon Winery "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon Winery"Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon

This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes selected from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State and the Walla Walla Valley. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine.

Woodward Canyon Winery Washington State Chardonnay Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon WineryWashington State Chardonnay

Inspired by the Grand Cru’s of Burgundy, chardonnay was the first wine founder Rick Small made as a home winemaker. It was also the first varietal planted on the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard in 1977 which now could easily qualify as “old vines” at over 40 years of age. Since 1992, we have also sourced from the 1980 blocks of Celilo Vineyard that we combine with our estate fruit to produce our Washington State Chardonnay.