Grosgrain

Matt Austin_Grosgrain

Winemaker/Owner – Matt Austin

What is your/your family’s story around your winery?
I originally began my career as an attorney in Los Angeles, where I met my wife, Kelly who was a fashion designer at the time. During a trip to Seattle, my exposure to Washington wines broadened and I became obsessed with learning more about the winemaking craft. Having never found my passion for practicing law, I eventually quit my practice and we both relocated to Seattle so that I could enroll in the Northwest Wine Academy. During my studies, I started an intern position with Savage Grace in Woodinville in 2014 before ultimately deciding to move to Walla Walla with the desire to be closer to the vineyard side of the industry. Upon my arrival, I began working as cellar master for Dunham Cellars. The following year, Kelly and I stumbled upon a bankruptcy auction of a small vineyard property and on a whim ended up owning it the very next day. After building our winery and starting production for Grosgrain in 2018, we later acquired an additional 80 acres of land. Our hope is that within the next few years we will be primarily sourcing our wine production from these organically farmed estate plantings
where we are currently growing 16 different grape varieties. 

How long have you been making wine in Washington State?
I began working in wine production as an intern at Savage Grace Wines in Woodinville in 2014. I made our first wines for Grosgrain in Walla Walla in 2018.

 
What is your favorite part of being a part of the Washington state wine community?
Washington is a relatively young region for wine production, which makes it a fascinating place to be right now. We are still learning what the best sites are and what grape varieties flourish where. There is also a lot of camaraderie and sharing of information between wineries and growers which helps fuel
that feeling of community. I love that there is an ability to push boundaries and that I’m able to play a part in discovering the full capacity of Washington.

What do you think the future holds for Washington state wine? Where are we headed or what trends are you seeing?

I think we’ll continue to see significant growth and increased global recognition. The wines from Washington are only getting better and better as we collectively gain more experience and
knowledge. I think we’ll also see a greater diversity of the wines being produced as we continue to expand plantings into new areas and explore new varieties, particularly ones that are adapted to our warming climate.
 
What is your favorite wine and food pairing?
Roast duck and Mourvèdre.

Vineyard Manager – Patrick Sullivan

What is your/your family’s story around wine grape growing?  
Growing up helping my dad on our family cherry orchard solidified my desire to be a grower and work with fruit. I started out of college working three years with Mercer Canyons as an irrigation manager helping develop almost 1000 acres of new plantings. From there, I moved on to work as an orchard manager growing apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, and cherries for the next four years. While I loved my role, I never quite lost the desire to grow grapes, so I decided to return to that part of the industry with Results Partners.  

How long have you been growing grapes in Washington state?  
I have been growing grapes for four years.  

What is your favorite part of being a part of the Washington state wine community?  
I enjoy being able to go to the store and see a particular bottle of wine on the shelf or go out wine tasting and know that I had a hand in its creation. I feel a sense of pride knowing that our collective hard work helped bring this wine to fruition and is being enjoyed by consumers.  

What do you think the future holds for Washington state wine? Where are we headed or what trends are you seeing?  
Washington has been a mogul in agriculture and continues to make a name for itself in that regard, including the wine industry. We are constantly growing, changing, and introducing new products into the market. I believe that eastern Washington, particularly the Walla Walla area, will continue to be a huge name in grapes and I’m excited to see how we continue to grow. I have also noticed a push towards growing unique varieties for this area and believe that we will continue to trend in that direction.   

What is your favorite wine and food pairing?  
Personally, it is hard to beat a New York strip paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon.  


Raul Chavez_Grosgrain

Tractor Operator & Irrigator – Raul Chavez

What is your background, how did you come to work at the vineyard?   
I come from a background in apples and cherries as a general laborer before I moved to work at Shaw Vineyards in 2013. I began as a tractor driver and continued in that position for six years. Shaw is where I met my current boss and in 2019 was convinced to join him at Results Partners. Since then, I have been fortunate to be able to work in all aspects of grape production.    

How long have you been working in this capacity?   
I have been working in this position for three years, where I have been consistently taking on more responsibilities year over year.  

What is your favorite part of being a part of the Washington state wine community?  
It’s such a joy to watch harvest come to a close and the satisfaction of seeing the fruit that we had been tending to all year finally make it into the bin. 

What do you think the future holds for Washington state wine? Where are we headed or what trends are you seeing?   
I see new plantings of more phylloxera/nematode resistant rootstocks over own-rooted. I also see a lot of experimentation of different varieties that haven’t been planted in this region before.   

What fact can you share about your job that wine-drinkers might not know?   
Plants can be very susceptible to cold damage in the winter, not just during the spring. The phloem can be hurt so badly that in some years, vines had to be cut back all the way to the living tissue lower on the trunk and had to have new cordons trained up to replace old ones. In an act of protection, we also run wind machines to pull down warmer air and disperse stagnant cold air surrounding the plants.  

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