ZILLAH -- There's a new winery tasting room in Zillah, but the wines will be very familiar to those who remember when Tom and Hema Campbell owned Horizon's Edge.
Tanjuli Winery is a brand the Campbells have owned for 10 years. But the couple never had a place for retail sales. Instead, they have been selling their vintages by mail and at wine festivals. Last year they decided it was time to build a tasting room.
"Construction began last fall, and we're just putting the finishing touches on," he said. "The building is 6,600 square feet, and it's tucked into the side of a hill to take advantage of the natural insulation and cooling of the earth."
"The tasting room is lined with barrels so you have the experience of stepping into an operating winery when you come to visit us," said Tom Campbell.
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The Tanjuli tasting room is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Monday from May-October.
The grand opening will be Aug. 27. The $5 tasting fee, which is refunded with purchase, will be waived that day.
Tanjuli is the third winery the couple have established.
Their first, Horizon's Edge, was founded in 1983 in Zillah. They sold it in 1985 and moved to Pulson, Mont., where they have been for more than 25 years.
The Campbells made the move to Montana, he said, "because we wanted to finish raising our children here. Now they've left the nest, and we want to be back where the grapes are the best, Washington state."
Their second winery, Mission Mountain Winery, is in Dayton, Mont., on the west shore of Flathead Lake. Thirty years ago, before moving to Montana, the Campbells established a vineyard there. It became Mission Mountain, the first bonded winery in Montana.
They don't plan to close Mission Mountain. Instead, the Campbells will travel back and forth between Montana and Zillah every few weeks.
"It's only for a few months out of the year," said Hema Campbell. "The Montana winery is only open from May through October, and we'll have a similar schedule here."
In addition to their own wineries, Tom Campbell is the director of wine production for Woodhouse Family Cellars, a boutique winery in Woodinville owned by their niece and nephew, Bijal and Sinead Shah.