Winery was started in 1984 by Eric and Janet Rindal as a family owned and operated
winery. The name "Waterbrook" is derived from the translation of the Nez Perce
phrase "Walla Walla", which means "running water". In 1992, they hired Brian Carlson
as Production manager. Cottonwood Creek Estate Vineyard was planted in April 1989
to provide the winery with some estate Chardonnay grapes.
Grapes are purchased from some of the Yakima and Columbia Valleys' finest and
oldest vineyards. Close cooperation with growers is maintained throughout the
year recognizing that long term relationships are absolutely essential to the
making of consistently high quality wines.
Waterbrooks' goal for red wines has been to make softer fleshier wines for early
enjoyment while still maintaining the wines depth and structure. Waterbrook Chardonnay
has been listed in "The Wine Spectator" as one of the world's top fifty wine values.
Every year new French oak is added and the costly, painstaking work of barrel
Their challenge is to continue to produce wines that live up to the high expectations
created by past success while slowly growing to meet some of the increased demand.