Kyle Mathison of Stemilt Creek Winery
Today Stemilt Growers is one of the largest fruit grower-packer-shippers in the country. The company’s history goes back to 1893 when the Mathison family first settled the Stemilt Hill area south of Wenatchee. Beginning in the mid-1960s Tom Mathison packed and shipped fruit for many growers in the Wenatchee area and turned a struggling family fruit farm into a fruit empire. His son Kyle planted 18 acres of vines on Stemilt Hill in 1999, and he and his wife Jan made their first Stemilt Creek wines in 2003.
With high elevation and cool temps characterizing their Stemilt vineyard, the Mathisons turned to Canadian viticulturalists and winemakers as mentors. But they also turned to family members whose personality traits such as sweet, spicy, caring and bossy infuse each Stemilt wine. Enjoy a Caring Passion Merlot or Boss Lady Syrah as you listen to the interview.
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