Our Winemaker, Greg Vogtritter
With a degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida, Greg was introduced to winemaking through photographing Washington winemakers for a calendar. Self-taught, he began by making beer and wine for himself and friends until his hobby ran amuck. Greg is very hands-on, from vineyard to bottle, and involved in every aspect of winemaking even cleaning tanks and running his own analyses on the wines.
He describes his winemaking philosophy as a melding of Old World sensibility and New World technique. Through minimal use of additives and judicious use of oak, Greg allows the grape and terrior to speak through the wine. He believes oak should add structure without masking the flavors and aromas of the wine.
“But ultimately, my goal is to make wines that I like to drink and share.”
Greg loves living on the Olympic Peninsula. He loves the lush greenness of the scenery, the mountains, the Salish Sea and the slower pace of life.
If you stop by the winery, he might even pull a barrel sample of one of his new wines.
Virginie Bourgue, Consulting Winemaker 2010-2013
Virginie joined Olympic Cellars in August 2010 as consulting winemaker as we bid goodbye to Benoit Murat, our winemaker for the last 6 years.
Benoit has moved back to France on a 2-year sabbatical to pursue a Master’s Degree, a “National Diploma of Oenology” at Ecole National Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse.
Virginie ‘s first task as Olympic Cellars’ new winemaker was to direct a fall “custom crush,” at Artifex Wine Company in Walla Walla. Artifex is a dedicated custom crush facility that provides winemaking services from crushing through bottling. Clients provide their own winemakers, barrels, bottles and other supplies. The Artifex crew works under the direction of the client’s winemaker.
Virginie, with the help of Lisa moved the harvest back to Olympic Cellars for the 2012 Harvest.
Au Revoir, Benoit Murat Olympic Cellars Winemaker 2004-2010.
After 6 years, we will very much miss Benoit and his wife, Joy. We wish them the best in the newest chapter in their lives…
Benoit has left a piece of himself at the winery… his wines. We will enjoy his 2007-2009 vintages for a few years to come. In fact, he will just about have graduated when we release the 2009 vintage.