Gifford-Hirlinger: Guess Who’s Coming to Town?

by Shona Milne on June 9, 2009

giffordI just received a press release from Simon Siegl of CoEfficient Consulting that Gifford-Hirlinger will be opening a tasting room in Woodinville. They will be just a few doors down from Purple Cafe in the spot currently occupied by SunBaby Tanning Salon.



Walla Walla, WA June 1, 2009 – The owners of Gifford Hirlinger, a Walla Walla-based wine producer, are very excited to announce that they have secured space in the Hollywood Vineyards Retail Center to establish a wine tasting room in Woodinville, anticipated to open in late June.


The winery produces 100% estate-grown premium wines from fifteen acres of sustainably farmed vineyards established in 2000 in the Walla Walla Viticultural Area.   Varieties include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, petit verdot and red blends, as well as pinot gris.  Winemaker Mike Berghan’s philosophy is focused on minimum intervention to allow full expression of the fruit.  Production will peak at 2200 cases with the 2009 harvest.

“We thought our family was new to the Walla Walla area, but as it turns out we have somewhat of a history here,” says Berghan.  “Gifford and Hirlinger were the last names of relatives on both sides of the Berghan family who were born in Walla Walla after their families crossed the country in covered wagons in the mid 1800’s.” 


“We are really looking forward to showing our wines directly to the wine enthusiasts in the greater Seattle area and the many tourists who visit wineries in Woodinville,” says Berghan.


Woodinville, home to over 40 wineries, is recognized as THE destination for winery touring in Western Washington.  “Wineries and their tasting rooms are like grapes, they grow best in bunches,” said Cynthia Dasté, executive director of Woodinville Wine Country.  “The experience of our member wineries is that their visitors really like the convenience of having a variety to choose from in one location.”


The tasting room will be located near the Hollywood Schoolhouse at the intersection of 148th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 145th Street, near other wineries including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars and the Bookwalter Winery Tasting Studio.  The winery’s website is


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