In addition to their commitment to quality, the winemaking team at Columbia Crest is also dedicated to producing approachable wines that people will enjoy. Our heritage of winemaking excellence is applied to every bottle—we strive to produce wines that are balanced, rich in flavor, and surpass expectations.
For me, winemaking is about the experiences – the challenges that each vintage brings, the opportunity to learn the subtle nuances of each vineyard, and the constant discovery of how best to craft wines that are true to their varietal character while maintaining the uniqueness of the terroir. At Columbia Crest, we take great pride in our ability to use these experiences to craft wines that are an expression of the vintage and the region. ”
Juan Muñoz-Oca, Head Winemaker
Inspired by the quality of Washington fruit and excited by the region’s winemaking potential, Head Winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca joined Columbia Crest in 2003 after honing his skills in other world-class wine regions such as Bordeaux, South Australia, Mendoza, Argentina, and Spain.
Raised in Mendoza, Juan came under the tutelage of his grandfather, a cellar master at an Argentine winery, at a young age. His grandfather instilled in him a love and respect for wine that would ignite his lifelong passion for winemaking.