DeLille Cellars, a boutique artisan winery in Woodinville, Washington, was founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Jay Soloff and winemaker Chris Upchurch. The mission at DeLille Cellars remains: create a new Bordeaux blend using Washington State vineyards. The winery looks towards the prestigious Red Mountain AVA as the foundation of its wines, using grapes from its own vineyards with fruit from other top sites in the Yakima Valley.
In 1992, the winery pioneered D2, a Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Three years later, DeLille introduced its first white wine, Chaleur Estate Blanc, a Bordeaux-style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. States Upchurch: “At DeLille, we believe that blending in the traditional style creates wines in which each varietal contributes its own attributes and creates classically structured wines that showcase the purity of fruit that defines Washington State terroir, a ‘first growth’ wine from some of the oldest vines in the state. This belief remains one of our guiding principles today.”
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An acclaimed professional winemaker for over twenty years, Chris Upchurch still spends much of his time in the vineyards of Washington State, primarily Yakima Valley and Red Mountain AVA’s. Since the early 1990’s, all of his DeLille wines have consistently scored 90+ ratings.
D2 and Chaleur Estate Blanc (Columbia Valley AVA) are Bordeaux-style blends showcasing the purity of fruit that is Washington State terroir.
Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain AVA) is a blend of four vineyards that showcases the power and richness of Red Mountain.
Grapes come from the highest quality regions in WA, the most prominent AVAs are: Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Snipes Mountain and Yakima Valley. Vineyards include: Grand Ciel, Ciel de Cheval, Harrison Hill, Boushey, Klipsun and Upchurch.