Abeja is located on a century-old farmstead in the breathtaking foothills of the Blue Mountains, four miles east of Walla Walla, Washington.
Winery Philosophy: Quality First !
After more than 35 years in the business community of Portland, Oregon, Ken and Ginger Harrison decided to embark upon a new adventure. It was Ken's passion for Cabernet Sauvignon and the climate for growing this varietal that brought the Harrisons to Walla Walla. While Ken pursues his love of wine as grower and producer, Ginger applies her gracious hand to operating their small Inn.
John Abbott and Molly Galt met Ken and Ginger Harrison in 2002, completing the partnership. John began his career in the Napa Valley straight out of college at Pine Ridge and later at Acacia Winery. In 1994, he and Molly moved to Walla Walla to begin Canoe Ridge Vineyard, where he was the winemaker for nearly ten years and she was in charge of all on-site marketing and public relations.
Varietals Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot
Winemaker: Rob Chowanietz has been the head winemaker. Starting in January 2016, he will be replaced by Dan Wampfler and Amy Alvarez-Wampfler.
Abeja is the Spanish name for bee. They chose this name for its simple beauty and its reminder of times past when farming implied a respect for the environment and a close connection to the earth. They believe that each day they can make a difference in the quality of the care of the land. Their desire is to farm softly and to minimize the impact on the land they farm. The honeybee symbolizes this idea because they are so affected by how they farm and so important to a complete and healthy cycle of agriculture.
The vineyards have been certified to meet the requirements of sustainable farming methods by LIVE, Salmon Safe, and Vinea.