Kerry Shiels of Cote Bonneville Winery and Dubrul Vineyard

18 November 2015

In the early 1990s, Hugh and Kathy Shiels ripped out the apple orchard on their newly purchased vineyard property in Sunnyside and proceeded to plant six different varietals.  Dubrul Vineyard was born, and in 2007 and 2009 it was celebrated as Washington’s Vineyard of the Year.  Today 75% of the Dubrul fruit is purchased by roughly a dozen wineries, and the rest is showcased by the Shielses'  highly acclaimed Cote Bonneville family winery.   

In 2009 Kerry Shiels became winemaker at Cote Bonneville after getting an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s in viticulture and enology from the University of California-Davis.  She is committed to making wines true to the Dubrul terroir, using traditional winemaking techniques along with up-to-date science.  Sophisticated science and meticulous care go into every Duburl vine and Cote Bonneville wine.  In talking with Kerry I found out why it’s good to grow grapes specially for rose, what wine to have at breakfast, how rootstock affects fruit quality, and much more.  

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