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Family Owned - Estate Grown - Handcrafted
Hanatoro Winery was founded in 2011 in Walla Walla Valley, Washington's premier winegrowing region, by Oregonians, Steve Thomson, Karen Thomson and Kevin Bozada.
Hanatoro is the name and inspiration for our family estate winery.
Hanatoro, “The path of light and flowers” is a festival of heritage, craftsmanship,
and community celebrated each March in the ancient Japanese Capital of Kyoto.
Beauty, art, honor, respect for the past, timelessness. On a visit many years ago,
it was an inspiring moment for us that lit a path of adventure in our own
Pacific Northwest wine industry. The awe-inspiring landscape, energy,
minimalistic and 'craftsmanship of place', reminded us of what we saw
from our friends in the Walla Walla wine industry.
Steve first discovered Walla Walla in 2004 while leading the development
of the NxNW brand for King Estate Winery where he was serving as EVP
at the time. He quickly fell in love with Walla Walla, and the people who
were putting the Walla Walla region on the global wine map. In 2006 Steve
jumped at the opportunity to join a group of its wine industry leaders to
found the 'Octave' Vineyard.
In our hearts we are food and beverage people having spent our entire careers
in restaurants, wineries, and the wine trade. We were honored on August 15, 2017
in just year 2 of release, to be featured in a dinner at the acclaimed James Beard
House in New York City. Today we have received multiple 95-Point ratings from
Wine & Spirits and Wine Spectator. We believe that wine not only should
represent a specific place, and complement a meal, but should also encourage
reflection, demand attention, and reward contemplation, changing course, while
inviting sip after sip. Our wine is made in a style that pairs now with bold food
flavors, yet ages gracefully for 20 or more years.
Hanatoro produces estate-bottled blends of Bordeaux varietals produced exclusively from our own estate vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington. We produce a unique micro-site selection solely from the highly regarded Octave Vineyard, now in it's 18th leaf. We limited our annual production to 200-300 cases.
Wine & Spirits Review
Wine & Spirits has named Hanatoro Winery's 2017 Cabernet the Year's Best US Cabernet!
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