It was our dream to live in a beautiful natural setting and the first time we saw Wawawai Canyon, we said "This is it."

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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.

Our Approach

TRADITION

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.

Innovation

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.

 
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Ben MOffett

Ben Moffett, our winemaker, was involved in the vineyard from a young age. He went on to earn a Viticulture and Enology degree and brings that expertise and an intuitive sense for wine to work with him every day. He is one of the people you'll likely encounter if you stop by for a bottle of wine or a tasting and can speak knowledgeably about the wine in your glass and answer any questions you have about the process.

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David moffett

David, the vineyard manager, spends a lot of time working there and it is his favorite place to be, especially as the sun sets and turns the hills gold. You’ll often find David with his dog Leo in tow, who loves riding in the ATV up to the vineyard more than anything.

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STACIA MOffett

Stacia is another of the people who might be pouring your wine in the tasting room and she'll be happy to talk to you about the vineyard, the sustainable practices we use in the canyon, and the history of our winery. Pro tip: she can give you all kinds of gardening advice as well.

 
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LEO

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BRANDI

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ROXANNE & STERLING