Kontos Cellars is a 2,800 case winery that primarily focuses on ultra premium Bordeaux varieties grown in the Walla Walla Valley. We create one flagship blend (Alatus) each year, and then focus on letting the varietals speak for themselves. We believe that blending the same variety between vineyards and using a very extensive French/American oak program creates wonderful complexity, while allowing each grape to showcase its own inherent character. Working closely with vineyards such as Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, Les Collines, and Summit View has continually given us beautiful fruit that is truly a cut above.
We sell 93% of our wines, directly to our customers through our downtown Walla Walla tasting room, or through our wine club, which is amazingly loyal.
Over the years, we have been able to play with a few pet projects that allow Cameron to truly play and create as a winemaker.
- The Progeny Series - These wines carry our children's names on the bottle. They are typically barrel aged in tight grain, French oak for 30-36 months and represent the best of the vintage. With their first right of refusal, these wines are normally bought up by the wine club, exclusively.
- The Boss - This is a very special wine that Cameron and our dad, Cliff (Fort Walla Walla Cellars) have started making together. While Cliff (The Boss as we affectionally refer to him) has always been a true hero and inspiration for all of the Kontos boys, this has been a particularly fun project where the two generations of winemakers can bounce ideas, tastes and philosophies off of each other.