Barnard Griffin is the Premier Family-Owned Winery in Washington State and is an important part of every wine aficionado’s tour of the state’s greatest wineries. Barnard Griffin winery not only has a rich family winemaking history, one that represents the true pioneering spirit of Washington State wines, but also takes you into wonderful, new varietals.
We encourage you to join the adventure that begins in the fertile mind and experimental alchemy of Rob Griffin. His ever-expanding palette of artisan wines will make the perfect addition to your table.
Make note: when you are in Richland in the Tri-Cities area, indulge yourself with a special treat and turn off Highway 182 , just about half a mile, and say “Hi!”
It’s an easy visit, and while you are there, maybe have a taste [or two] of Rob’s outstanding and multi-award-winning wines—all served by a helpful and friendly staff. You’ll experience one of the many reasons why Washington State is the second largest and most popular winemaking state in the country.
Against the advice of his professors at U.C. Davis, who determined that Washington's climate was too cool to sustain wine grapes, Rob Griffin came to Washington in April 1977 to become Preston Winery's first winemaker. He quickly established himself as an accomplished winemaker by winning the first Best of Show at the Seattle Enological Society's Northwest Wine Festival with his 1977 Chardonnay.
Rob Griffin began making his own label in 1983 with his wife, Deborah Barnard. The first vintage focused on Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc and Riesling, with a total production of 400 cases.
From 1984 - 1991, Rob was Winemaker and General Manager at Hogue Cellars, and consultant to several Washington producers until completion of the Richland, Washington Barnard Griffin Winery and Tasting Room in 1996. Rob and Deborah have been living their dream and developing the Barnard Griffin brand and it's wines ever since.