Tero Estates sits in the middle of the oldest commercially planted vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, Windrow Vineyard near Milton-Freewater, Oregon.
All estate fruit is hand-harvested and immediately delivered to our crush pad at the top of the hill, where it is gently destemmed, sorted, and placed into fermentation bins. The must is then cold soaked for two to five days before yeast is added to start the fermentation. The cap is “punched down” by hand three times a day.
When the fermentation is complete, the “free run” wine is siphoned into barrels and the remaining must is placed into our hydraulic basket press. Pressing off the skins and pulp is done gently and checked frequently to avoid bitter tannins. This “press fraction” is barreled separately from the free run.
Tero Estates is a partnership between longtime friends Mike TEmbreull and Doug ROskelley (TERO). The idea began over dinner at an Italian restaurant in 2006. Doug was talking about making wine and Mike mentioned that a friend had seen a vineyard for sale in the Walla Walla area. Wouldn't it be exciting to make wine from an estate vineyard! Doug and Jan traveled to Milton-Freewater, Oregon to see Windrow vineyard. What they found was beyond all expectations! A mature vineyard, full of history, on rolling ground with unobstructed views of the Blue Mountains. The purchase was finalized on June 1, 2007.
Windrow was part of the original Seven Hills Vineyard planted by Dr. Herb Hendricks and Dr. James McClellan in 1981. It was the first commercial vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. In 1994 the vineyard was split and the eastern part was sold along with the name Seven Hills. The remaining vineyard was renamed Windrow. The wines that have been made from this vineyard is a Who's Who of Walla Walla Valley. Leonetti Cellar used Windrow grapes in their Cabernets from 1983 to 2000. "Windrow Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon's have been made by L'Ecole (1995), Walla Walla Vintners (1997), Bunchgrass (2006) and Cooper (2006). Seven Hills Winery has sourced fruit from Windrow since their inception. Today several Walla Walla wineries, including Seven Hills Winery, Walla Walla Vintners, Waters and Glen Corrie, as well as wineries in Woodinville, continue to make exceptional wines from Windrow Vineyard grapes. It is this vineyard (worked by the hands that have cared for it for over 16 years) that we, Tero Estates, rely on for our outstanding estate fruit.
In early 2010 we were able to bring Ashley Trout and Flying Trout Wines to Tero Estates. Ashley makes wonderful malbec, malbec blends and torrontes, perfect fits for the cabernets, cabernet franc, merlot and blends that are our specialty.
Our downtown Walla Walla shop opened on February 11th, 2011. Please visit our home page for open hours.
Check out our winery video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpKPRcUnZY4
We look forward to continuing our investments in the vineyard, making more of our special wines, and spending time with visitors, tasting wine and sharing our amazing spot here in paradise.