Elegante' Cellars

Elegante' Cellars is a small, boutique winery that produces handcrafted wines that are on the smoother, richer and more elegant style. Our specialties are our 100% varietal, red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Malbec and Syrah, hand-p

Touring Region
Current Weather
Fair
Fair, 44° F

Amenities
Retail Sales, RV Parking

Hours of Operation
M - F 10 AM - 12 AM, 1 PM - 5 PM, Sat & Sun 10 AM - 5 PM

Open to the Public
Yes

Yearly Production (in cases)
400

Variety List
Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruit
Gewurztraminer
Malbec
Merlot
Sangiovese
Syrah

Wines
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Malbec
2007 Gewurztraminer
2008 Merlot
2008 Sangiovese
2008 Syrah
2009 Strawberry
In 2011 Elegante' Cellars was awarded a Double Gold Medal for its 2008 Syrah by the Capital Food and Wine Festival. Elegante' was just awarded a Gold Medal for their 2007 Sangiovese by The Renaud Society.

Our Story

Elegante' Cellars is located at 839 "C" St. at the Walla Walla Regional Airport where you can find well-established wineries as well as start-ups. Elegante' Cellars, owned, managed and operated by Doug Simmons, is one of the newer wineries at the airport.

Doug Simmons, a retired, chemistry teacher, is our winemaker. He received a Certificate of Viticulture and an AA Degree in Enology and Viticulture from Walla Walla Community College. Doug helped WWCC in producing their 2004 and 2005 wines and then assisted the Huse family at Five Star Cellars in 2006, where, with the assistance of the Huse family, he also started making his own wine.

With the experience of working in the WWCC facility, Doug designed his own winery, supervised its construction and opened its doors in September 2007. The focus at Elegante' Cellars is in low production, high quality, and handcrafted wines. Doug personally selects the vineyards and grapes that are used in Elegante' wines. His Merlot grapes are sourced from the Seven Hills vineyard, while his Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah grapes are from Les Collines vineyard which is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, southwest of Walla Walla. His Gewurztraminer comes from Celilo Vineyards' 32 year old vines in the Columbia Gorge.

Elegante' Cellars currently has available its 2008 Merlot, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Sangiovese, 2007 Malbec, 2009 Syrah and 2007 Gewurztraminer. Elegante' also offers an interesting and special Strawberry wine, which is semi-dry and has about 1% residual sugar. It is fermented from pure Klicker strawberries (an old, old family farm in the Walla Walla Valley).

The tasting room is open daily from 10:00 to 5:00 (closed for lunch during the week) or by appointment. If you would like to meet the winemaker and tour the winery, please schedule an appointment by calling the winery at 509 525 9129 or send us a message at simmonsdl@yahoo.com.

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