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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
99360

www.woodwardcanyon.com

getthedirt@woodwardcanyon.com

+15095254129

Meet The Winemakers

  • Kevin Mott

    Winemaker

    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 Estate Merlot Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon WineryEstate Merlot

This 2019 Walla Walla Valley Estate Merlot was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (Salmon Safe certified) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. This mature south-facing “old vine” vineyard block (Clone 3) is now 24 years of age. The newer Merlot block (Clone 181) is younger but very impressive. 2019 was a warm/dry vintage with Estate Merlot blocks yielding higher than normal ranging from 3.7 - 4.4 tons per acre.

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

Woodward Canyon Winery Estate Reserve Red Wine Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon WineryEstate Reserve Red Wine

The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots. It is very satisfying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. The Estate Vineyard has nearly always been a rather low yielding property and 2014 was no different with an average yield of around 2.9 tons per acre. It is gratifying to see such amazing quality from our vineyard given the warmth of the vintage.

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 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon Winery40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon

In honor of our 40th Anniversary, founder Rick Small was inspired to create this one-of-a-kind wine to showcase two different yet equally excellent vineyard sites. This very special wine is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux Vineyard and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the oldest Cabernet blocks at both vineyards, with an average vine age of 35+ years. The average yield between these two vineyards was less than one and a half tons per acre, creating a dark dense wine with amazing texture and balance.

Woodward Canyon Winery Estate Reserve Bottle Preview
Woodward Canyon WineryEstate Reserve

The Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve is always produced from our finest Estate Vineyard lots. It is very satisfying to produce such a classic Walla Walla Valley red wine. It is gratifying to see such amazing quality from our vineyard given the warmth of the vintage.