Corliss Estates is family-owned, ambitiously expansive, with money seemingly no object, this unique project, which has been in development for almost a decade, will soon encompass three separate wineries – not brands, but actual wineries – and hundreds of acres of vineyard in Walla Walla, Red Mountain, and the Yakima Valley.
Owners Michael Corliss and Lauri Darneille purchased the 100-year-old former bakery building that house their Walla Walla winery nine years ago, and actually made their first wines there in 2003. Corliss winemaking is the result of teamwork and patience. Michael Corliss has, from the beginning, been at the center. He is the barometer of consistency for developing the Corliss style. Surrounding Michael is a talented staff of winemaking professionals including on-site winemaking team of Andrew Trio and Griffin Frey who bring experience and perspective from Napa, Europe, and Australia. They are joined by Philippe Melka, who is one of the world’s most highly regarded winemaking consultants.