Blending an Old World perspective with the pioneering spirit of Walla Walla, we create substantial wines of eloquent American character - with a hint of French accent!
Fair, 12° F
Tasting Room, Retail Sales
Hours of Operation
Open Thursday - Monday 11am - 5.30pm (Closed Tuesday-Wednesday & Major Holidays) Winery Tours by Appointment
Open to the Public
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Forgeron Cellars - Blending an Old World perspective with the pioneering spirit of Walla Walla we create substantial, complex wines of eloquent American character & lasting power – with a hint of French accent!
MORE THAN A TASTING ROOM
Forgeron Cellars of Walla Walla, Washington, provides wine enthusiasts who are looking for more than just a “Tasting Room” experience, an opportunity to sample some of Washington’s most elegant wines with Forgeron Cellars founding winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla. Located in an old blacksmith shop at 3rd & Birch, Forgeron Cellars is within easy walking distance from Walla Walla’s major hotels and restaurants.
As guests tour through the tank and barrel rooms, they are given an intimate look into the mechanics of winemaking while being treated to award-winning red and white wines. Every tour includes insight into Marie-Eve’s winemaking philosophy and how it affects each individual wine’s character and makeup. Born and educated in Paris, France, Marie-Eve (now a Naturalized U.S. Citizen) came to the Pacific Northwest more than 20 years ago. Just prior to joining with a team of investors to form Forgeron Cellars in 2001, Marie-Eve was at Gordon Brothers where she earned many awards for increasing the quality of wines produced.
Over the years, Marie-Eve has developed working relationships with Washington State’s most prestigious vineyards, including Boushey, Klipsun and Sagemoor. Focusing on grapes from throughout the Walla Walla, Yakima, and Columbia Valleys, allows Marie-Eve to follow each harvest to its maximum potential. It’s Marie-Eve’s attention to detail, from checking on each vineyard during growing and harvest seasons to carefully nurturing and monitoring each fruit as it progresses from tank to barrel to bottles that has gained her national recognition.
Marie-Eve supports and participates in a variety of civic events and charities in the area and throughout the State, including The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Dream for The Cure Gala, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Planned Parenthood of WW, & the Blue Mountain Humane Society. In addition to memberships with the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance & Woodinville Wine Country, Marie-Eve currently serves as Treasurer of the Washington Wine Technical Group whose goal is to improve the quality of Washington wines through education. In 2013 Marie-Eve was invited to join the prestigious Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d'Ecoffier International, an invitational, philanthropic group of women leaders in food, beverage, & hospitality whose mission is supporting women through education & advocacy.
For more information about Marie-Eve, Forgeron Cellars, and the rest of the Forgeron Cellars family, please visit their website at www.ForgeronCellars.com.