Caption: Rendering of DeLille Cellars’ new space (Credit: DeLille Cellars and Hinge Studio)
Former Redhook space will feature a new three-level tasting room, event space, an outdoor patio and a rooftop deck with views of the Sammamish Valley and Mt. Rainier
WOODINVILLE, Wash. (March 28, 2019) – DeLille Cellars, a pioneering Washington State winery, today announced that its new three-level tasting room and retail tower at the former Redhook brewery in Woodinville’s Hollywood District will open in the fall of 2019. This expansive space will provide a variety of experiences, including seated tastings, tours and a wine club rooftop deck with views of the Sammamish Valley and Mount Rainier. DeLille’s adjoining winemaking facility has been in operation since January when the winery build-out was completed.
“After 20+ years, we’re eager to once again have all of our operations under one roof, with a world-class location that will allow us to fully showcase our wines and history as well as continue to educate and share our excitement about Washington wine,” said Tom Dugan, CEO of DeLille Cellars.
DeLille’s new space is approximately 30,000 square feet: 9,000 of retail and event space, 5,000 of office space and 16,000 of winemaking space. In the retail section, curated experiences are being planned, including tastings of DeLille’s portfolio of acclaimed wines, cheese and mini food pairings, retrospective, library and comparative tastings, as well as blending seminars, all geared toward educating customers on the quality of Washington State wine.
“Winemaking at DeLille is now fully transferred to the old Redhook space, which has been completely modified to support our specific needs and style,” said Jason Gorski, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture. “Everyone at DeLille is looking forward to the new tasting room and offices, not only so we can have the entire team in one place, but also so that we can share our wine and a wonderful experience with our guests, fans and wine club members.
All three levels will offer predominantly seated tasting experiences for a variety of guests and group sizes. The main level will include an outdoor patio as well as two private small-group tasting rooms that can be combined for larger groups. The second-floor club level will feature seating areas for wine club members and their guests, in addition to space for corporate dinners and events and a private library accommodating up to 12 guests for intimate tasting experiences spanning the winery’s 27-year history.
Wine club members and their guests will also receive exclusive access to the partially covered rooftop deck (featuring a cozy fireplace area, fire pits and roof-lined gas heaters), allowing them to enjoy beautiful views of the Sammamish Valley and Mount Rainier year-round.
Until the construction of the tasting room and retail tower is complete, the winery’s Carriage House tasting room in the Hollywood District will remain open. In addition, DeLille’s wine lounge, Maison DeLille, will continue to offer wine flights, glass pours and small bites to the Kirkland community indefinitely. DeLille’s offices are leaving the winery’s original Chateau home in April; that location has been renamed Chateau Lill and will operate under separate management as an event space.
To commemorate the grand opening of the new tasting room and retail tower, DeLille is planning a series of events in the fall. An online reservation system to reserve seats and book tastings will go live prior to the opening.
For more information, visit www.delillecellars.com.
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About DeLille Cellars
Founded in 1992, DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence, with over 500 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington’s most acclaimed vineyards, including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey and Harrison Hill. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state, and has been honored as a Wine & Spirits ‘Top 100 Wineries of the World’ for the past two years.To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.
DeLille Cellars’ inaugural wine, Chaleur Estate, marks the foundation on which the winery has built its craft of blending Washington State fruit in the traditional style. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend of Bordeaux varietals, with a focus on Red Mountain vineyards. The result is a wine of depth, complexity, focus and elegance that personifies the French word for warmth, chaleur. Be the first to taste the 25th vintage at DeLille Cellars’ Winter Release February 23rd & 24th. This small-lot wine is highly limited and will only be available while supplies last.
Caption: DeLille Cellars’ new director of winemaking and viticulture, Jason Gorski, standing in the winery’s brand-new production facility at the old Redhook space (credit: DeLille Cellars)
WOODINVILLE, Wash. (January 22, 2019) – DeLille Cellars, one of Woodinville’s founding wineries and a prominent player in developing Washington State as a premier wine region, today announced that Jason Gorski has been promoted to director of winemaking and viticulture. Gorski previously served as winemaker and assistant winemaker, under the tutelage of founding winemaker Chris Upchurch.
Gorski has been instrumental in DeLille Cellars’ success since joining its winemaking team in 2011. He has helped expand production from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 30,000 and has improved its quality, having been involved with 239 of the 90+ scores DeLille has received.
“Jason has built a great winemaking team and possesses a unique ability as a very talented winemaker with unrivaled technical skill,” said Tom Dugan, DeLille’s CEO. “Along with [co-presidents] Chris [Upchurch] and Jay [Soloff] and the rest of our owners, we’re incredibly excited for the next chapter of DeLille, with Jason at the helm of winemaking.”
Every wine DeLille has produced since 2011 has received at least one 90+ score from the top four international critics, leading the winery to over 500 individual 90+ ratings since its founding. DeLille received a coveted position on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list in 2018 with its 2015 Signature Syrah (Gorski’s third such honor), as well as two consecutive Wine & Spirits “Top 100 Wineries of the World” awards (in both 2017 and 2018), along with numerous national and local accolades under Gorski’s leadership. These include the Seattle Times #2 wine of the year in 2017 and #1 wine of the year in 2018, plus the Wine Press Northwest Washington Winery of the Year in 2017.
“Established with a focus on wine quality, DeLille Cellars is an integral part of the history of Washington wine and its increasing reputation throughout the world,” said Gorski. “I look forward to continuing to build upon that foundation, working to continuously improve our wines and promote the excellence of Washington vineyards.”
Gorski found his passion for wine while studying biology at Duke University. He was introduced to a respected sommelier by his academic advisor and eventually moved to Washington State in 2004, where he worked at the state’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, in Woodinville. He was then offered the role of assistant winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington, before beginning at DeLille in 2011.
Gorski’s promotion aligns with DeLille’s recently announced acquisition of the former Redhook Brewery space. The winery plans to have all production moved to and operational in its new home by the end of January. Gorski has managed the process of refurbishing the original brewery tank room into a world-class production facility. The next phase will include construction of a new three-story tasting room and retail tower, to be completed in late summer of this year.
With Gorski’s promotion, Upchurch will take on a modifiedrole but remain as co-president, partner and founding winemaker. He will continue to be actively involved, supporting Gorski and the winemaking team with harvest and blending, as well as helping to guide the company’s goals from an ownership perspective. He plans on focusing his efforts on supporting the national sales program and continuing to be present at retail events.
“I have been at the forefront of DeLille’s winemaking for the last 27 years, and am extremely proud of what we have created. Our acquisition of a world-class facility at Redhook provides the perfect opportunity for me to scale down as the winery looks to the future,” said Upchurch. “Jason’s well-deserved promotion to director of winemaking recognizes his incredible contributions to DeLille and his passion for continuing our great legacy.”
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Founded in 1992 by Jay Soloff, Chris Upchurch and Charles and Greg Lill, DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence, with over 500 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington's most acclaimed vineyards, including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey and Harrison Hill. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.
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Kelly and Chris Sparkman, Founders of Sparkman Cellars, and Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch and CEO Tom Dugan of DeLille Cellars meet at the Redhook site. Both wineries will be moving to the former brewery.
Photo credit: Richard Duval
We are excited to announce that we will be moving our winery, tasting room, and offices to the iconic Redhook brewery building later this year. This will mark the first time since 1998 that our retail and winemaking operations will all be under one roof, and we can’t wait to share our new world-class wine experiences with you.
The larger space and adjoining winemaking facility will provide for a variety of elevated experiences, including:
o Tours and tastings
o Private and reserve tastings (food and wine pairings, blending seminars, and library wine retrospectives)
o Enhanced space for Wine Club membership, including a rooftop deck
o Private tasting rooms and event spaces
o Outdoor seating
All current operations will remain open until the new space is ready, which should be open in the fall of 2019. Our wine lounge in Kirkland, Maison DeLille, will continue to offer wine flights, glass pours and small bites to the Kirkland community indefinitely, and the DeLille Cellars Chateau will continue as a venue for weddings and private events.
We can’t wait to share updates as we make progress on the space!