Hours of Operation

We are avaliable for extended hours and private events.  Contact us for any requests and ideas!

  • Mon: 11am - 5pm
  • Tue: 12pm - 6pm
  • Wed: 12pm - 6pm
  • Thu: 12pm - 6pm
  • Fri: 11am - 6:30pm
  • Sat: 11am - 6:30pm
  • Sun: 11am - 5pm

 

Kelli Williams vs. Glioblastoma Drawing

Help Kelli and her family in their battle against glioblastoma and ride a Hot Air Balloon!

Help Kelli in her battle against glioblastoma.  

Her and her young family must endure huge travel expenses as they battle to keep this aggressive cancer at bay.  We have put together a great list of prizes for you to win, as a thank you for your kind support.

  • Hot Air Balloon ride over Walla Walla from Blue Mountain Balloons
  • Reserve Wine Tasting & Lunch for 4 at Kontos Cellars
  • Many other great prizes!

 

The Progeny Series

Brynnan is going to join the Progeny in the spring of 2015!

We are excited to add the 2011 Brynnan to the Progeny Series.  The Tate and Caimbry were wonderful wines and if you have a bottle hanging around, they are becoming sought after wines with quite the following.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (3/2010)

Walla Walla native Ana Martinez-Townsend's idea for a tribute bears fruit as local businesses team for a special-edition bottling.

Art, wine toast unit's service

After nearly 900 combat hours over Mosul skies, the little things on the ground became the elements of Ana Martinez-Townsend's most enduring daydreams.

On the most relaxing of evenings -- if such a thing exists in the intense surroundings of a war zone -- the Walla Walla native, deployed to Iraq a year ago, transported herself to the idyllic setting of her front porch of her southern home.

"Every time I had an evening off and I sat outside my (combat housing unit), I would imagine being home with my family -- sitting on the porch, sipping on wine and just enjoying the evening," she said via e-mail.

But it wasn't long before the vision of a glass of wine evolved into a much greater plan that would give Ana and the rest of her unit not only a taste of Walla Walla's signature juice, but a keepsake souvenir for the B Troop 1-230th Aviation Cavalry Squadron.

Armed with her computer, Ana, an officer and helicopter pilot, kept in touch with her family and friends through Facebook during her yearlong stint in Iraq. Her interaction included online exchanges with childhood friend and fellow Walla Walla High School class of 1993 graduate Chris Kontos, co-owner of Kontos Cellars.

Through this interaction, the idea came: "She wondered if there was any way to make a personalized label or anything (her unit) could have with some dates on it," Kontos explained.

The idea grew from regular paper labels into etched bottles. With help from Etchings Walla Walla, the family-owned business of Thad and Gary Sirmon, the red and white blends created by Kontos winemaker and Chris' brother, Cameron Kontos, were bottled into the specially etched pieces that contain the name of Ana's unit, dates of deployment and the unit logo.

"It's a pretty small effort, but it's been a way to tie myself with what's going on over there," Kontos said of his connection to Ana. "It's definitely been something that brought the experience a lot closer to home."

For Ana, who returned to the U.S. last week minus two fellow pilots who crashed in Iraq just weeks before the trip home, the keepsake is a reminder of the work she's done.

Originally enlisted in 1996 as a helicopter mechanic, she became an officer in 2000 and graduated the Army Rotary Wing Aviation Course in August the next year, she explained in her e-mail.

A mother of three daughters, she moved to Fort Campbell, where her husband is an Apache Longbow pilot for the 101st Aviation Brigade. She then transferred to the Tennessee unit in 2008 to fly the Kiowa Warrior. The only woman in her troop, and known as "BlackJack 28," she was pilot in command in her aircraft for the majority of the missions, which were centralized over Mosul.

"It was our honor and responsibility to provide security and protection for our ground elements," she said.

Her unit broke a number of records and set the standard for OH-58D in a combat theatre, and her squadron was voted Aviation Unit of the Year by the Army Aviation Association of America.

As part of a welcome-home, Kontos Cellars had shipped the wine to Tennessee, where Ana was expected to distribute it to her peers.

"We are all very proud of the energy, time, effort and craftsmanship," she said.

Recent Awards

Awards and accolades from the industry

Due to such limited production, we don't submit much wine to events or publications, so when we do, it is very nice to be recognized.

2013 Gossamer 

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines

2012 Malbec

  • 19+/20 - Review of WA Wines

2012 Syrah

  • 19/20 - Review of WA Wines

2012 Gossamer

  • 18+/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 90 - Wine Enthusiast

2011 Syrah

  • 90 - Wine Spectator
  • 18.5+/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • Silver - Dallas Wine Awards

2011 Malbec

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 90 - Wine Enthusiast
  • Silver - Dallas Wine Awards

2011 Merlot

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines

2011 Gossamer

  • 18+/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 91 Wine Enthusiast

2010 Alatus Blend

  • 18.5+/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 89 - Wine Enthusiast
  • 91 - Wine Spectator
  • Gold - Dallas Wine Awards

2010 Malbec

  • Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

2010 Cabernet

  • 91 - Wine Advocate
  • 89 - Wine Enthusiast
  • 18.5+/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • Silver - Dallas Wine Awards

2010 Merlot

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 89 - Wine Spectator

2010 "Tate" Syrah

  • 19/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 90 - Wine Enthusiast
  • Gold - Sunset Wine Competition
  • Gold - Dallas Wine Awards
  • Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

2010 Les Collines Syrah

  • 91 - Wine Enthusiast
  • Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
  • Silver - Dallas Wine Awards

2010 Gossamer

  • 18.5+/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 91 - Wine Enthusiast

2009 Alatus

  • 92 - Wine Enthusiast
  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

2009 Cabernet

  • 18.5+/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
  • Gold - Dallas Wine Awards

2009 Malbec

  • 19/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 93 - Wine Enthusiast 

2009 Merlot

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 90 - Wine Enthusiast
  • Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
  • Silver - Dallas Wine Awards

2009 Gossamer

  • 18+/20 - Review of WA Wines

2008 Merlot

  • 89 - Wine Advocate
  • 91 - Wine Enthusiast
  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines

2008 Alatus

  • 91 - Wine Advocate
  • 90 - Wine Enthusiast
  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines

2008 Cabernet

  • 91 - Wine Advocate 
  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 90 - Wine Enthusiast
  • Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

2008 Syrah

  • 94 - Wine Enthusiast (Editors Choice) 
  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines 
  • Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

2008 Malbec

  • 93 - Wine Enthusiast  
  • 90 - Wine Advocate
  • 19/20 - Review of WA Wines

2008 Caimbry

  • 94 - Wine Enthusiast (Cellar Selection)
  • 34 of the 100 best wines by Seattle Times
  • 19/20 - Review of WA Wines

2008 Gossamer 

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines

2007 Merlot

  • 91 - Wine Advocate
  • Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

2007 Alatus Blend

  • 90 - Wine Enthusiast
  • 91 - Wine Advocate

2007 Cabernet

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines
  • 91 - Wine Advocate

2007 Malbec

  • 19/20 - Review of WA Wines

2006 Merlot

  • 18.5/20 - Review of WA Wines

2006 Syrah

  • 91 - Wine Advocate