Washington Wine Pioneers. Barnard Griffin is the premier family owned winery, one of the largest and one of the oldest in Washington state; an essential stop on any tour of Washington's best wineries. Since 1983. Over 15 different varietals.
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TASTING ROOM: Open Daily: 10am - 5pm. New WINE BAR & EATERY: Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 9pm Friday & Saturday: Noon - 9pm Live Music on Saturday night Sunday: Noon - 5pm Bus and Limousine Tours are welcome with a minimum of 48 hours advance notice.
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BARNARD GRIFFIN ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE WINS FOR 7th YEAR IN A ROW IN SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition.
JUDGES AGAIN SELECT BARNARD GRIFFIN’S ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE AS THE BEST IN ITS CATEGORY
RICHLAND, WA: Barnard Griffin has won the Sweepstake award, Gold and Best of Class for best Rosé in the 2012 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition:
BARNARD GRIFFIN 2011 ROSÉ of SANGIOVESE, COLUMBIA VALLEY: SWEEPSTAKE AWARD, GOLD and BEST of CLASS
Only five wines won a Sweepstake award this year - the best of the best. This year's success again underscores Barnard Griffin Co-owner Rob Griffin's mastery of this varietal, among others, as his interpretation of Rosé of Sangiovese has won a gold medal or better for the seventh year in a row:
2011 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition: 2009 Rosé of Sangiovese – GOLD, BEST OF CLASS and SWEEPSTAKE AWARD
2010 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition: 2009 Rosé of Sangiovese - GOLD
2009 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition: 2008 Rosé of Sangiovese - GOLD
2008 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition: 2007 Rosé of Sangiovese - BEST OF CLASS
2007 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition: 2006 Rosé of Sangiovese - GOLD
2006 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition: 2005 Rosé of Sangiovese - BEST OF CLASS, DOUBLE GOLD
The influential SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition is the largest competition for American wines in the world and features all significant types and styles of wine, from each major wine-producing region in the United States.
The judging took place in January, 2012. Judges representing trade, education, media, retail, and restaurants throughout the United States evaluated a record 5,500 entries, surpassing its previous record of 5,050 last year.
Winemaker Rob Griffin says, “It is exciting to make artisan wines that are generating such recognition, proving once again Washington state is one of the great wine-producing regions in the world.”
Barnard Griffin is a family-owned winery in Richland, WA and currently the eighth largest in the state by volume. Deborah and Rob met in college at the University of California, Davis, where Rob completed a degree in Enology. Despite his professor’s advice to the contrary, Rob felt that Washington State was an up and coming wine region, and because of this Rob moved to Richland in 1977.
Once established in Washington, Rob and Deborah got to work on their own creation, developing the Barnard Griffin label in 1983, the Richland winery opening in 1996. Rob and Deborah are truly pioneers of the Washington wine scene, and have fostered the industry’s reputation and helped cultivate Washington state into the second largest wine producer in America.
Barnard Griffin has received heavy praise for many of its wines, and continues to demonstrate leadership in the Washington wine industry.
Rob was named the 2010 Honorary Vintner for the prestigious Auction of Washington Wines, and has been making wine, on a continuous basis, longer than any other Washington state winemaker.
Barnard Griffin produces more than 70,000 cases per year including Barbera, Cabernet-Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ciel du Cheval Merlot, Fume Blanc, Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé of Sangiovese, Semillon, Syrah, Syrah Port, Viognier, and Zinfandel.
Barnard Griffin produces two labels; both available through retail stores, wine clubs and online wine venues. The Reserve Label wines are crafted in limited quantities from the best vineyard lots in the region, using European and American oak. Barnard Griffin’s signature Tulip Label wine, available across the nation, is a mainstay on many restaurant lists, dinner tables, and is one of Washington State’s most recognized brands.
Barnard Griffin selects its grapes from throughout Washington's Columbia Valley including Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Columbia Gorge and other AVA's. Barnard Griffin works with small family growers and favors long-term contracts with dedicated acreage for vineyard continuity and quality.
Barnard Griffin is the only winery in the United States that contains a glass arts studio producing artisan works of fused glass. The glass artist is Deborah Barnard co-owner of the winery. Glass works are on display in the tasting room. Visiting the tasting room and fused glass studio gives an amazing look at the artistry that goes into making each and every bottle of wine, and is an important stop on any tour of Washington’s best wineries.
TASTING ROOM: Open Daily: 10 am to 5 pm
New WINE BAR & EATERY:
Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday: Noon - 9pm
Live Music on Saturday night
Sunday: Noon - 5pm
Barnard Griffin is a family-owned winery located in Richland, WA. Rob Griffin has been making wine in Washington State longer than anyone; been making premium wine in Washington since 1977 (35 years!). The Barnard Griffin winery was later founded in 1983 by veteran winemaker Rob and his wife Deborah Barnard.
Here's a short list of the many, many awards and accolades we've received:
- 2011 Chardonnay won BEST OF CLASS at the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE’S 2013 Wine Competition, which is the largest American wine competition in the world.
- In the same competition, Barnard Griffin’s ’08 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon won GOLD
- Rosé of Sangiovese was rated BEST OF THE BEST ROSÉS by the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE’S 2012 Wine Competition, and therefore has won Gold or Better in this competition for an unprecedented seven years in a row!
- Barnard Griffin Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded 94 points by WINE ENTHUSIAST Magazine.
- Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon won BEST CABERNET and GOLD at the 2012 Washington Wine Competition
- SUNSET Magazine’s 2013 Wine Competition awarded BEST OF CLASS and GOLD to their 2012 Rosé of Sangiovese, plus BEST OF CLASS and GOLD to their 2010 Merlot
Barnard Griffin is currently producing more than 70,000 cases of wine per year including Barbera, Cabernet-Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ciel du Cheval Merlot, Fume, Grenache, Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé of Sangiovese, Semillon, Syrah, Syrah Port, Viognier, Zinfandel and a variety of blends.
Barnard Griffin currently produces two labels, both available through retail stores, restaurants, wine clubs and online wine venues. The limited production Reserve Label wines are crafted in very small quantities from the best vineyard lots in the region, using European, French and American oak.
Barnard Griffin's signature Tulip Label wine, one of Washington state’s most recognized wines, is available in restaurants and stores across the country.
Barnard Griffin selects its grapes from regions throughout Washington state’s Columbia Valley including Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, and other AVA’s.
We work with small family growers and favors long-term contracts with dedicated acreage for vineyard continuity and quality. The winery and tasting room are located at 878 Tulip Lane in Richland, WA. For more information, please visit www.BarnardGriffin.com or call (509) 627-0266.
Library and special release wines are available in the winery.
TASTING ROOM: Open Daily: 10 am to 5 pm
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