In 2001 John Morgan and Barbara House took the plunge and moved from Bellingham to the home they had begun building in Mazama in 1994. The move involved a career change for John who had been a civil engineer specializing in road and bridge construction in Whatcom County. It was the culmination of a path started when John’s father was a young man, collecting wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and early producers in the Napa Valley. These wines were trotted out at family dinners over the ensuing decades, giving a glimpse into the alchemy of aged fine wines. The dream of the winery took form on Napa Valley’s Silverado trail where a laid back and friendly winemaker gave a glimpse of the typical people involved in the production side of the wine industry.After a commercial-scale test batch and coursework at U.C. Davis, we were off! John started the winery building design in January of 2002 with three feet of snow on the ground. Fast forward twenty successful years and the winery was purchased by Rick and Joanne Coursey in 2022. They both had early careers in wine and hospitality before long careers in government. Rick has studied enology and viticulture at Purdue, U.C. Davis, and from Washington State. Joanne also takes an active interest in the family's Merlot and Malbec vineyard located in the Walla Walla AVA. Both now call the Methow Valley home.