Longship Cellars-Meet the winemaker/owner
Tri-Cities WA. Saturday 2-4 pm. No Fee tasting

January 26, 2019

NORWAY DOESN’T have much of a winemaking history, but that will not stand in the way of Kyle Welch, owner of tiny Longship Cellars. Welch grew up in Pasco, surrounded by Washington’s fast-growing wine industry — but not in it. “I don’t have a history in the wine industry,” he says. “My family doesn’t own a vineyard or a winery.” While serving in the U.S. Navy, Welch would go wine-tasting with his family when he was on leave. When he finished his service, he went to Washington State University-Tri-Cities to learn winemaking, graduating in 2011. Welch landed in Spain for an internship, where he ran with the bulls and fell in love with Rioja, the famous tempranillo-based wine. He was hooked. In 2013, while working for Alexandria Nicole Cellars near Prosser, he bought a little tempranillo for himself and launched his winery. Welch, 36, named his winery Longship Cellars, after the famous Viking vessels, and called that first wine The Invader. “Here I am, wine industry, I’m coming for you!” Welch says playfully.  Andy Purdue-The Seattle Times

Come meet Kyle-Saturday, January 26th from 2-4 pm. No fee tasting