MERCER ESTATES WINERY RECOGNIZED AS WASHINGTON STATE WINERY OF THE YEAR BY WINE PRESS NORTHWEST
Prosser, WA (March 16, 2016) – “In the past four years, Mercer Wine Estates has tripled its production to more than 60,000 cases of wine, all while raising quality to new levels”, cites Andy Perdue from Wine Press Northwest online.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our winemaking and vineyard teams. Being named Washington State Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest is such an honor and a testament to outstanding talents of our winemaker, Jessica Munnell and her team,” says General Manager, Will Mercer. “Jessica has an uncanny instinct in the vineyard which she also brings to the winery allowing her to craft terroir-driven, food-friendly wines that today’s consumers really enjoy.”
Great wines begin in the vineyard where John Derrick and the Mercer Canyons vineyard team have selected vineyard sites on the family’s farm ideal for the varietals Mercer prides itself on. His team cultivates and pays close attention to detail year after year to improve quality and maintain consistency.
In 2015, two Mercer Estates wines landed in the Wine Press Northwest Best of the Best Platinum Judging for 2015 – ‘14 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Rose and the ‘12 Sharp Sisters Red Blend (named after grandmother, Carma, and her four sisters). The Mercer family began growing wine grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills in 1972, and today cultivates over 2,000 acres of wine grapes in this unique, high-desert plateau. Mercer Estates winery opened its doors in 2007 with small vintages of 2005 and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The production facility was completed in 2008 followed in 2009 with the addition of a full-service, visitor-oriented Tasting Room in Prosser, Washington. The winery hosts visitors from all over the world and distributes wine in 49 states and 4 different countries.
“It has been exciting and heartwarming to watch Mercer wines garner attention and accolades from a variety of tastings and competitions”, says owner Rob Mercer.
In January, Mercer Estates 2013 Merlot took Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Mercer will be participating in the Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour in New York City, Washington DC and Las Vegas this spring.
The Mercer winery is located on the outskirts of Prosser WA near the Yakima River. The Tasting Room is a warm, welcoming extension of the production facility. Guests can enjoy samples of Mercer wines Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, March through December, and any other time by appointment. The winery holds several events throughout the year such as art classes, release parties, and wine club parties (east and west of the Cascades). The team also holds two larger scale events (summer and winter) in appreciation of the many charities that Mercer has the pleasure of working with.
The Tasting Room itself focuses on wine education with a fun, knowledgeable staff and unique examples of history and terroir throughout the facility. Large windows open into the barrel room giving visitors a great view and the team also offers opportunities to tour the production facilities. The grounds are landscaped to fit the desert climate with plenty of spots for sipping and picnicking.
About Mercer Wine Estates
The Mercer family farming tradition spans five generations. The Mercers have been actively managing the same property in Washington since 1886, first raising row crops and livestock, and today overseeing 2000 acres of vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The family involvement in the wine industry began in 1972 when Don and Linda Mercer were the first to plant wine grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills after being encouraged by Washington wine industry icon, Dr. Walter Clore. In 2005, Rob and Brenda Mercer founded Mercer Wine Estates, which includes three tiers of estate wines plus a single label dedicated solely to charity: Mercer Estates, Mercer Estates Reserve, Mercer Canyons and Eagle & Plow. The Mercers are known throughout eastern Washington for their stewardship of the land, conservation efforts, patriotism and continued contributions to the community.