Tucannon Cellars is a small production family owned and operated winery located near Red Mountain, in Benton City Washington. Their tasting room is nestled along the Yakima River, about 15 miles west of Tri-Cities, in a small valley surrounded with vineyards and orchards. The Tucannon Cellars tasting room itself is in a beautifully renovated 1904 farm house that feels cozy, warm, and inviting. They typically offer a choice between 5 red wines and 5 white wines with a $10 tasting fee, that is always refundable if you purchase a bottle.
Tucannon Cellars became a winery because of the ambition of the winemaker, Phil Warren, and his desire to produce a truly hand crafted wine. Phil fell in love with Italian winemaking upon visiting a small winery in Italy. He marveled at how this small family, each with their own role, worked so diligently to produce such gorgeous wines. One thing Phil noticed besides the work ethic and family values shared by his host, was that not a single machine was used through the entire process; They picked by hand, crushed by foot, and used syphons instead of pumps. They believed their wine was so delicate, that the use of any machines would ruin their fragile creation.
When Phil returned from Italy, he knew he had to start a winery. He already lived in Washington, home of some of the highest acclaimed cabernet vineyards in the world, all he needed was help from his family, and an ability to distinguish himself. His family continues to help him to this day, with his son managing the tasting room and distribution, his wife running the accounting, and the rest of his family helping out throughout the year (especially during harvest). Phil also managed to distinguish himself, and his winery, by remaining hand crafted. The wines he produces are absolutely stunning, the only problem being that they are made in such small production! Phil fears that if he produces more wine, he will lose quality.