1. relating to, or inhabiting the forest
Washington State wine has largely flown under the radar up here in the Pacific Northwest, what with all our gourmet coffee, craft beer and technology. But now the rest of the wine world is beginning to discover what we've always known: Washington State produces some of the best wines in the world. And while grape growers and wine producers clamor in to stake out a fresh claim here in the Evergreen State, we'll be right here doing what we've been doing for over a decade now: crafting amazing small-batch wines and continuing to write our chapter in the pioneering tradition of the Pacific Northwest.
We take incredible pride in all those who are a part of Washington State's wine scene, not because it was a "sure thing" or because making a go of it here in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest was a given, but because you committed to the challenge and have helped create something pretty amazing. We raise a glass to all of you: the growers, the vintners and, of course, the appreciators.
Where We Source
Candy Mountain is situated on the south facing slope of Red Mountain where growing conditions are extremely warm and windy, resulting in fruit that is rich with depth and complex in aroma and color.
Established in 1998 by veteran vineyard manager Tom Waliser, Candy Mountain is well regarded for its quality fruit.
Perched at an elevation of 1,250 ft. above sea level, Summit View is the highest growing vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. The vineyard is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder a mix of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Marsanne, Roussanne and Riesling.
One of the oldest and most respected vineyards in Washington State, Sagemoor overlooks the Columbia River and Rattlesnake Mountains, sloping toward the southwest from 400-860 ft. in elevation. Influenced by ice age floods that swept through the Columbia Basin over 12,000 years ago, the soil composition is incredibly varied and complex, changing not just from vineyard to vineyard, but even from block to block.
Overlooking the Yakima Valley, DuBrul Vineyard lies on a steep rocky south-facing slope. Volcanic ash carried on the west wind mixed with flood deposits from glacial Lake Missoula to form the soils covering this basalt promontory. DuBrul produces consistent crops of small berries with a distinctive flavor profile unique to the location, many of which are used in several of our wines including Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons, Syrahs, Rieslings and Chardonnays.
FOUNDER & WINEMAKER
Silvara Cellars was founded by winemaker Gary Seidler in 2008. Gary’s approach to winemaking is a traditional one: seeking out grapes from the best growers and distinct AVA's in Washington State, he works with what the land offers, bringing out the natural depth and complexity already present within the fruit and creating terroir-driven wines that reflect their distinct appellations.
After a stint as a touring sound tech in the ‘70s, Gary went on to found 6 different companies, each its own distinct challenge and against-all-odds venture. After selling his last company and retiring at the age of 48, Gary realized he had a desire to get back to a simpler, more meaningful, lifestyle. Having grown up working in agriculture and surrounded by a large Italian-German family in upstate New York — grandmothers who baked, uncles who cured meats and cheeses — what we now refer to as "farm to table" was just another Sunday supper for Gary. At the age of 52, he began a degree at U.C. Davis in Viticulture and Enology.
Training with some of the best growers and winemakers in California's wine country, Gary had the opportunity of starting a winery in either Napa or Washington State. Napa already had a strong reputation in the wine world. Washington had...well, everything else. From economics to a diversity of distinct growing regions, Gary could see that the Pacific Northwest was ripe with untapped potential. So, with plans drawn up by renowned Montana architect Jeri Locati, Gary grabbed his tool belt and a 6-ft. ladder and literally began building his tasting room in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains.
He named his winery Silvara, which literally means "of the forest." The name is a tribute not only to the Evergreen State, but also those individuals who brave the woods of impossibility and take up the challenge of writing their own pioneering story.