Raymon describes his winemaking philosophy as based on the belief that the best grapes yield the best wines.
“I believe there is no substitute for detailed, conscientious winemaking decisions throughout the whole winemaking process, from picking the grapes, to blending the wine to bottling. There are literally a hundred decisions to make when crafting a wine and each one has an affect on the quality of the finished wine – so a good winemaker must pay very close attention to each wine.”
Raymon has enjoyed being a part of the rapidly growing Washington wine industry for more than a decade and is equally as optimistic about the region’s future.“Our growing conditions in Eastern Washington are unique, which is why the grapes are so good - from the long summer days and cool nights during harvest, to the arid climate and irrigation systems to the vines planted on their own roots,” says Raymon. “Our fruit will only get better as well. Remember that most of the wine in Washington is made from grapes that are barely 15-20 years old, and Washington’s wine quality is equal to and surpasses regions of the world with much older and established vineyards.”