Brand Description

The Matthews team honors Old World traditions while embracing the energy and innovation of Washington State. They work with many of the most iconic vineyards in this ascendant wine region, honing their growing and blending processes to deliver wines of depth, complexity, and verve since 1992. While they are inspired by Bordeaux, many of their winemaking principles come from their Washington heritage.

A superb glass of wine tastes even better with a sense of wonder, and farm-to-table pairings are more satisfying under open skies. That’s why each bottle of Matthews features sustainably grown grapes from the sun-drenched Columbia Valley, and every aromatic pour reflects their home state of Washington.

Location of Vineyard

Washington has nearly the same latitude as some of the top French and Italian winegrowing regions. Thanks to the long, sunny days and cool nights, Washington’s diurnal shift creates ideal temperatures for growing grapes. Contrary to the reputation of the Pacific Northwest, the valley only gets six inches of rainfall per year—as much as the Gobi Desert.

In the Columbia Valley, situated in a high-desert valley just east of the Cascade Mountains, grapes thrive next to Washington apples, cherries, corn, and wheat. The most celebrated vineyards span diverse and varied climates, producing everything from crisp, vibrant whites to polished, layered reds.

Matthews’ grapes are grown across the Columbia Valley. Vines in the Royal Slope, Red Mountain, and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs all contribute to what makes Matthews wines so complex and vibrant.

Winemaking Philosophy

Alex Stewart
Head Winemaker Alex has a degree in enology and a boundless passion for winemaking. He takes a minimalistic approach, working as gently as possible with the fruit and studying the world's top wines. 

Hal Iverson 
Hal channels his expertise in education and sustainable agriculture into winemaking. As he explains it, enology unites his love for science, art, agriculture, and all things delicious. 

Jesse Schmidt 
Jesse worked his first harvest in 2007 and spent time as a Cellar Hand before becoming an Assistant Winemaker in 2014.

The Otis Family
Winemakers Alex Stewart, Hal Iverson, Jesse Schmidt (shot 1)
Winemakers Alex Stewart, Hal Iverson, Jesse Schmidt (shot 2)
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Winery Profile
Owner: The Otis Family
Winemaker: Alex Stewart, Hal Iverson, Jesse Schmidt
Founded: 1992
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“Cue up the yacht rock because it is Sauvignon Blanc boat drinks for everybody. With a creamy texture and crisp acidity, this wine delivers tropical aromas and flavors of lime, guava, lychee and a Pina Colada one-two punch of coconut and pineapple. Ultimate fun and refreshment.” — acclaim for 2022 Matthews Sauvignon Blanc from Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2024
“A very spring-like cherry blossom and raspberry aroma combination is counter pointed by notes of leather and bone broth. Cherries are again on the palate, where they are joined by dark chocolate and balsa wood flavors. The tannins are currently a bit grippy, with a medium amount of acidity. — acclaim for 2021 Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon from Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2024
“The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a classic and focused expression, with citrus aromas taking the forefront. Medium-bodied, the palate is clean and fleshy, featuring a kiss of spice and citrus notes. The finish is food friendly, offering a balanced and finessed expression of Sauvignon Blanc.” — acclaim for 2022 Matthews Sauvignon Blanc from Wine Advocate, Mar 2024
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