24 Jul Generations of Farming with Cultura Winery
Winemaker’s Tad and Sarah Fewel of Cultura Wine in Zillah, WA. grew up in the Yakima Valley. They know this sunny hill country well. Both come from orchard farming families. Sarah’s great-grandfather arrived from Scotland and immediately started the pear orchard that has been in her family for the last 100 years. Tad runs the family farm’s bio-diesel plant. The vegetable oil fuel is used to run Cultura’s vineyard equipment and they call their personal mix Bio-Fewel.
Several years ago, as grapevines started to replace apple trees, the couple began to develop an interest in winemaking. It quickly grew into a passion. “The Yakima Valley terroir is capable of producing some of the best red wines in the world and we wanted to see what we could do,” Sarah says. “The whole process, from growing the grapes to making the wine, is just so interesting and so challenging. Every year is different.”
Sarah was formerly the tasting room manager for Sheridan Vineyard. She has also worked as a cellar rat, did vineyard work, fruit sampling and helped with blends, the crush process and bottling for other wineries. Meanwhile, Tad tended the soil, planting a few acres of Cabernet Franc and experimenting with old European-style pruning techniques on an acre of Zinfandel, a rarity in the Yakima Valley AVA.
Cultura handcrafted it’s first vintage in 2005, producing about 180 cases. By 2011 they were up to 950 cases. “We don’t want to get too big,” Sarah says. “We want to be able to continue doing it all ourselves.”
Tad & Sarah specialize only in fine, small-lot red wines. Handcrafting Bordeaux-style reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc. Their focus is quality over quantity. This hands-on, old world approach is reflected in every bottle of Cultura, expressing the winemakers’ gusto for life in the Yakima Valley’s premier wine country. As well as an appreciation for how nature shapes the wines they make. Come discover their passion for artisan wine, and spark your passion as well.
Visit our tasting room facility in the heart of Yakima Valley at 3601 Highland Drive Zillah WA. 98953
Open seasonally: February – November
Hours: Thursday’s & Friday’s & Saturday’s 11am – 5pm
Sunday’s 11am – 4pm AND by appointment
Tasting fee applies toward purchase. Private tours and tastings available by reservation.
• Picnic facilities on site
• Large tour group welcome with prior arrangement
• Gift Shop
• Banquet Facilities