DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. The winery was founded in 1992 by Jay Soloff, celebrated winemaker Chris Upchurch, and Charles and Greg Lill. DeLille Cellars pioneered Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, and has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 200 wines rated 90+ from leading publications such as Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Vinous/Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, and Wine Enthusiast.
The winery focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and grape sourcing from Washington's leading Grand Cru vineyards, including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey and Harrison Hill. DeLille Cellars was named the “Lafite Rothschild of Washington State” and a 5-star/outstanding producer by Robert Parker.
The winery’s passion lies in showcasing the powerful, concentrated and structured fruit of Washington State through the European art of blending - not only through various combinations of Bordeaux and Rhône grape varieties, but also via combining fruit from acclaimed vineyards to express the unique terroir of the region. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and grape sourcing from Washington's leading Grand Cru vineyards, including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey, DuBrul and Harrison Hill.
DeLille Cellars has crafted over 200 wines with successive vintage ratings of 90+, totaling over 500 individual 90+ scores from leading critics. DeLille Cellars holds the coveted position in the ‘Top 100’ Guides of Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast for both red and white wine (D2 and Signature Syrah, Chaleur Blanc), as well as being honored as a Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery and Wine Enthusiast Wine Star - Top Five American Wineries. DeLille Cellars was one of the first five wineries in Washington State to receive Robert Parker’s 5-star/Outstanding rating.
Founding Winemaker and Founding Partner Chris Upchurch, a luminary in the Washington Wine industry, has led the winery with a passion for traditional winemaking methods that showcase the terroir of the state. Guiding the winery’s daily operations, Director of Winemaking Jason Gorski has been key to the winery’s growth and continued lineup of accolades since 2011.
THE FOUNDING WINES
In 1992, the winery pioneered its Chaleur Estate Rouge and D2, both blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The team at DeLille believed that blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the traditional style would create wines in which each varietal would contribute its own attributes and would create classically structured wines in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, wines that showcase the purity of fruit that defines Washington State terroir, a “first growth” wine from some of the oldest vines in the state. This belief remains one of the winery’s guiding principles today.
In 1994, DeLille Cellars was fortunate to acquire the rights to Harrison Hill vineyard which had some of the oldest vines in the Washington. Now, with vines over 50 years old, Harrison Hill has become one of the most sought after Bordeaux blends in the state.
Observing the Bordeaux tradition of blending varietals together, in 1995 the team at DeLille chose to make a barrel fermented blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for our first white wine: DeLille’s Chaleur Estate Blanc. We knew this would create a wine with more complexity, diverse aromas and classic structure than many White varietal wines and which would pair well with a wide variety of food. From the first, we achieved nuances of white flowers, sweet grass, honey suckle, creamy crème brûlée, toasted almonds and more. Over the years, Chaleur Estate Blanc has shown us all just how well a properly structured white wine can age.
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