WALLA WALLA -- Amavi Cellars has a new home.
The Walla Walla winery, which had its first vintage in 2001, recently moved into a new building in the heart of Pepper Bridge vineyard near the Washington-Oregon border.
The winery had outgrown its space in downtown Walla Walla, said Patty Lynch, tasting room manager. The new facility includes areas for winemaking and wine tasting, and offers more space for entertaining guests, she said.
The new building offers expansive view of the Blue Mountains and is close to a cluster of about 15 wineries, she said. Visitors to the winery will feel more connected to nature while enjoying the convenience of a modern 3,000-square-foot building.
The project, which cost about $2 million, took about a year to complete, she said.
The winery's name, Amavi, reflects three Latin words: amore, for love; vita, meaning life; and vinum, for wine.
Amavi's relocation brings its operations closer to its estate vineyards and allows it to highlight the role of agriculture in fine wine, said managing partner Ray Goff. "In our previous urban location, we ran the risk of becoming disconnected from Mother Nature and the yearlong process of creating each vintage."
The winery, which is known for its cabernet sauvignon, syrah and smillon, produces about 8,600 cases annually. Its wines sell for $20 to $34.
Amavi's cabernet sauvignon 2005 was ranked 42nd in the top 100 wines of 2008 by Wine Spectator magazine.
The winery is at 3796 Peppers Bridge Road in Walla Walla and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 509-525-3541.
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