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Barnard Griffin is a small, quality winery operated by a husband-and-wife team located in rural Richland, Washington.
Rob Griffin has been involved in the Washington wince scene since 1977. He and
his wife Deborah Barnard have been making wines under their own label since
Winemaker Griffin has a master’s degree in viniculture and
enology from the University of California at Davis. He came to southcentral Washington in 1977 to
serve as the first winemaker for Preston Winery located a few miles north of Pasco. He met with quick
success, with his 1977 Chardonnay winning Best of Show at the Seattle
Enological Society’s Northwest Wine Festival.
Barnard Griffin Wines Started in
He and his wife began making wines under their own label six
years later, with their first bottlings consisting of a total of 400 cases of
Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc and Riesling. Griffin
went on to become winemaker and general manager at Hogue Cellars in Prosser,
before the couple went full-time with their winery. They have been at their
present facility at 878 Tulip Lane
in Richland, Washington, since 1996.
Barnard Griffin has used colorful tulips on its label since
1983, and bottles lines of White Tulip and Red Tulip wines in addition to their
white and red reserve lines. The winery’s production is more than 75,000 cases
Winery Wins Many
The number of awards the winery has won attests to the
quality of their wines. Many of their awards come from California wine festivals, making the wins
particularly sweet because California
is better known for its wines than Washington.
In early 2009 alone, Barnard Griffin wines have won at wine festivals in Riverside, Monterey and San Francisco. For the
fourth consecutive year, Barnard Griffin won a gold or better for its Rose of
Sangiovese at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Barnard Griffin was named the Pacific Northwest Winery of
the Year by Wine Press Northwest in the spring of 2006.
Wine Grapes Come From
The grapes for Barnard Griffin wines came from throughout
the Mid-Columbia region, from the Wahluke Slope to the north to the nearby RedMountain
The on-site tasting room is open from to 5 p.m. daily. The tasting room also
houses a small art gallery, where glass works by Deborah Barnard are on
display. There is a fee to taste wines which is refunded when purchases are
made. The winery also has a small wine bar/eatery and offers live music on
How to Find Barnard Griffin Winery
Barnard Griffin is one of three wineries on Tulip Lane. It is
the middle one, bounded on the north by Tagaris Winery and on the south by J.
Take the Queensgate
Road exit off of Interstate I-182, which runs from
Interstate I-82 in the west, past Richland
and on to. From Queensgate turn onto Columbia Park Trail, then left onto Windmill Road, and
finally right on Tulip Lane.
Watch for the winery signs on Columbia Park Trail.