One of Washington’s most talented and respected grape growers will harvest his last cluster of grapes in the next few weeks.
Paul Champoux, who was instrumental in helping Washington earn its first 100-point wine, is finishing an illustrious 35-year career amid the vines, reported Great Northwest Wine on Tuesday.
Champoux has overseen Champoux Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills since 1989. He sold his shares in the operation to his fellow partners. Dan Nickolaus, who has worked at The Benches vineyard in the eastern Horse Heaven Hills, has been hired as vineyard manager and is spending this harvest working alongside Champoux.
“This is a good thing,” Champoux told Great Northwest Wine. “Judy and I are going to retire from the day-to-day operation of the vineyard. We’ve been at this for 35 years and did what we set out to do: take a rundown vineyard and turn it into a world-class vineyard.”