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Armstrong Family Winery

Jen is from New Jersey, Tim is from Wisconsin – we fell in love with each other in Milwaukee and fell in love with wine while living in Chicago. Our path eventually brought us to Washington State in pursuit of our dream to craft world-class wine. 

Shortly after college, Tim was on a business trip in New York and was served a glass of wine that both blew him away and quietly planted a seed. In the years the followed, a deeper interest in wine developed. Slowly at first, but more quickly after we were married, our mutual enthusiasm for hand-crafted wine evolved into a passion at first and then into an absolute obsession.

As career-oriented newlyweds in living in Chicago, we developed a particular interest in the wines of Bordeaux. The more we learned, the more curious we became about the winemaking process. To satisfy our curiosity, Tim enrolled in a long-distance winemaking class offered by UC Davis. As Tim watched the recorded lectures each night, Jen was right by his side. It turns out the class didn’t satisfy our curiosity – it fed it! The more we learned, the more fascinated we became, not only with what was in our glass but often, even more so, in the many other elements of wine: history, culture, farming, geography, climate, chemistry and the fascinating, hard-working people making it all happen. Eventuality, there was no denying it, we decided that wine was a great fit. We were thrilled and consumed by the idea of committing our own efforts and resources to this ancient craft. Once you’ve been bitten by the bug, there is no turning back.

Chicago wasn’t a likely a locale for pursuing our interests in making wine so, in the years that followed, the curiosity persisted and we considered all sorts of destinations. As our interest grew, our careers and our family grew as well. Finally, in 2010, while expecting our second child, a perfect storm of coincidence and career came together. A bottle of Walla Walla Merlot that we discovered in a local wine shop was particularly reminiscent of the wines of Bordeaux we had already come to love. Shortly after enjoying that bottle, Tim’s career in the software industry presented an opportunity to relocate to Washington State - an exciting wine region by all measures. During our first house-hunting trip in the Seattle area, we discovered the small suburban town Woodinville. Once we learned that Woodinville was home to a thriving winery community, our winemaking plans started to take shape.

Before our furniture had arrived on the moving truck, Tim was volunteering his nights and weekends at a highly regarding winery in the Warehouse Winery District of Woodinville.  The following year, with two young children in tow, we were introduced to the owner of a vineyard in Washington's Yakima Valley who was willing to sell us 6 tons of grapes. With that, our own winemaking endeavor began in earnest in the fall of 2011.

The Next Chaper...

In the spring of 2017, our family took a very exciting step towards realizing our dreams by purchasing our own small vineyard property and homestead in Walla Walla, WA. We look forward to sharing more about this new chapter as we look forward to building a winery and getting to know our new community of Walla Walla.  


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