It was our dream to live in a beautiful natural setting and the first time we saw Wawawai Canyon, we said "This is it."
Wawawai Canyon Winery is a family undertaking. David and Stacia Moffett, retired professors of biology, planted the first vines in 1993 of what was to become our estate vineyards and the first winery in the county. Their love of wine has been passed down to their son, Ben, who is now the head winemaker.
Our estate blends are ours from start to finish. Working together, we developed the vineyard sites and we hand-prune the vines, pick and crush the grapes, ferment and blend them, and age and bottle the wine.
We produce wines of exceptional balance. This requires tight control over the fruit production paired with gentle technique. By dividing fruit into small lots and completing fermentation in the barrel, we are able to capture unique notes and flavors that are carefully preserved until the final blend is made.
This patient, traditional method allows the natural processes of fermentation and aging to frame the character of the wine, following the historic traditions of winemaking.
Through the exploration of techniques like carbonic maceration, the use of obscure varietals, and even intervintage blending, we challenge the orthodox approach. Many of our wines are blends, allowing us to achieve the perfect balance of bouquet, mouth feel, and flavor with varietal expressions that may be quite different from what you are used to.
By establishing wine production in this region, we confront conventional thinking about vineyards and wine itself and celebrate the pioneering spirit of the Palouse.