Olympic Cellars Winery
255410 Hwy 101
Port Angeles, WA 98362
- April-Oct. Daily 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Nov-March, Daily 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day, Superbowl Sunday, Easter,
And due to inclement weather.
Tasting Fee $5 for 5 Wines – Tasting Varies Daily
Because wine tasting is a process to be savored, the last tasting begins 30 minutes before closing.
We are Olympic Cellars, a heritage winery nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Founded over 40 years ago in 1979, we are the 15th longest running winery in Washington State. We are family-owned and women-operated.
As a boutique winery we make small lots of hand-crafted wine using the original wine making equipment built by our founder in the 1970s. We are proud of our award winning wine. Every grape is carefully selected and handled by our Winemaker Greg or Winemaker’s Assistant Sasha– not a machine.
Our grapes are grown exclusively in Washington State in some of the most prestigious vineyards, including Sagemoor and Champoux. Because we do not own vineyards, we able to make a variety of choice wines each year.
We love our home on the Olympic Peninsula. The majestic beauty of our natural setting coupled with our heritage barn that houses the winery and tasting room make Olympic Cellars truly special.
Cheers, Lisa, Molly, Randi, Greg, Sasha, Nicole, Tom, Astrid, Michael, David, Patricia, and Steve.
As you can imagine, with over 40 years of history Olympic Cellars has many stories to tell.
Listed on the Washington State Heritage Barn Registrar; our barn was built in 1912. It is the oldest working barn in Clallam County. Originally it was part of the Wayside Dairy Farm and if you look closely, you can still see the outline of the letters on the south side of the barn. Over the years it has changed hands and purposes, but one thing has remained the same: the community gathers at our barn.
Located on the north Olympic Peninsula, half way between Sequim & Port Angeles on Highway 101, the barn’s iconic visibility serves as a guidepost to travelers and locals alike. On Saturday nights during the summer, the barn is rocking with benefit concerts. Everyone is partying and dancing, all while helping local non-profit organizations.
Stop in for a tasting or a glass of wine and soak up the scenery, history and good cheer of our barn.
The back bar in our tasting room came out of a hotel in Port Angeles. It is old. Even older than the barn, and we have been told it was built out of old growth fir. Its original home, the Olympus Hotel, was destroyed in the 1970s during a propane line explosion. The back bar miraculously survived and was moved into the barn during its dance hall days. When the winery moved from another barn 5 miles down the 101, the back bar was found in disrepair in what is now our cellar. Now restored, it is the crowning jewel of our tasting room.
Olympic Cellars Winery has gone through many changes over the years. We’ve changed owners, location and winemakers. Through it all we’ve maintained a deep love and respect for our heritage.
The winery was founded in the late 1970s by Gene Neuharth. At that time there was no wine.com where you could order a new tank and have it shipped within two days. He had to build his equipment. To this day we still use the 375 gallon stainless steel fermentation tanks that he built.
Every fall when we pull them out of storage for cleaning just prior to harvest, we are reminded of our history and feel the connection to our past. Neuharth made Dungeness Red and White from the Lemberger and Riesling grapes. These are two of the first varieties grown in eastern Washington. Since our first year, we have been making these two wines. They are still some of our biggest sellers.
The winemaking duties have been passed down over the years, while ownership has changed hands. Dan Caudil made wine with Gene Neuharth in the first barn. Dan moved the winery into the barn at our current location in 1992 which is also when the name changed from Neuharth to Olympic Cellars.
Then Kathy and Ralph Charlton took ownership in the late 1990’s. Kathy started the Working Girl line of wines, and hired winemakers from Washington and France. One of her greatest accomplishments was her 2009 Cabernet Franc that won Best Red in Show at the Denver International Wine Festival in 2013.
Our current winemaker Greg Vogtritter came to us from Kennewick, Washington through a somewhat circuitous route. He became interested in winemaking while working as a fine art photographer creating a calendar of winemakers.
The artistry of winemaking appealed to him. So, he studied enology and viticulture at Walla Walla College, and gained experience working at the Winemakers’ Loft and Sun River Vintners.
We were working with a consulting winemaker but really needed someone in house. Greg was looking to move out to the Olympic Peninsula and a mutual friend put us in touch with each other. He has now been with us since the harvest of 2013.
Greg has added some really great wines to our repertoire. He created a Port-style wine we’re calling Sailing Moon. He also created a blend we called Neuharth’s Legacy. When Maria Neuharth, Gene’s wife visited and saw that we were honoring the Neuharth Legacy through the wine, her eyes glistened with approval.
In 2014, the original Working Girl, Kathy Charlton retired and passed the torch to Operations Manager, Lisa Martin. She took ownership with husband Tom along with her Aunt and Uncle, Patricia and Steve Green, and a dear family friend, David Ikeda. We completed the ownership transfer and have been working hard to carry on the traditions begun by Gene and Kathy.
Cheers, Lisa Martin</span?