WINE PRESS NORTHWEST’S 2012 NORTHWEST WINERY OF THE YEAR!
Thurston Wolfe is a small family winery owned by Wade Wolfe and Becky Yeaman, specializing in unique red & white table and dessert wines. Grapes are sourced from growers located in the Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley AVA’s at sites best suited to the individual varieties. These sites and grower relationships were developed through Wade’s extensive contacts and knowledge of the region dating back to the late 1970’s.
Started in 1987, Thurston Wolfe was first located in the historic Old City Hall on North Front Street in Yakima. Thurston Wolfe moved to Prosser in 1996 to be more centrally located in the industry and its grape sources. A new custom designed winery was completed and occupied in January 2006 in Prosser Vintner’s Village at 588 Cabernet Court off Exit 80 of Interstate 82.
Through the years the winery has focused on high quality rare wines, creating a unique market niche. Thurston Wolfe today makes 6,000 cases of wine, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red (Zinfandel & Petite Sirah blend), PGV (Pinot Gris & Viognier blend) and Touriga Nacional port. All fruit is grown in Washington State. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Viognier were planted at the Zephyr Ridge Vineyard near Paterson in 1998 and Touriga Nacional at the Lonesome Springs Vineyard near Benton City in 1998.