Each vineyard and grape variety has a unique character that contributes to the quality, complexity and balance of our individual wines.
Zerba Cellars is a family-owned, estate winery located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley. We own three estate vineyards in the appellation’s most exciting viticultural zones. We are fortunate to work with a wide range of grape varieties and vineyard sources. Each vineyard and grape variety has a unique character that contributes to the quality, complexity and balance of our individual wines. Each grape variety is hand-crafted separately and we conduct rigorous blending trials that combine discipline and creativity to produce wines that are greater than the sum of their parts.
We use a combination of new, 2nd and 3rd year American and French oak barrels. Sizes range from 225 liter to 265 liter barrels. We use predominantly medium plus toast with the occasional toasted head barrel. American oak is supplied and crafted by the French cooperage Nadalie out of their Napa, CA location. We source our American Oak from Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Our red wines are destemmed, crushed and then punched down twice daily in 1.5 ton open top fermentors until dryness. They are then pressed in a bladder press with a gentle hand to avoid overextraction. Our white wines are gently pressed as whole clusters before fermentation. We ferment and age our whites in mostly neutral French/American barrels for approximately eight months. Our red wines age for an average of 18 months with our Reserve Reds pushing closer to 24 months in barrel.
Brent Roberts graduated from Washington State University Viticulture and Enology program. Following stints with notable Washington wineries including The Hogue Cellars, Seven Hills Winery and Gramercy Cellars, Brent joined the Zerba Cellars team as Enologist in 2014. In the Fall of 2017, Brent took the position as Winemaker.
Having worked in multiple wineries across Oregon and Washington, Brent's experience and dedication to promoting the wines of his native Northwest will continue to shape the exceptional quality found in every bottle bearing the Zerba Cellars label.