I’ve been chasing this dream for a long time, so I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be open to the public at our new winery in Kaleden in May 2022. Nichol and I have been looking in Kaleden for two years, we absolutely love the community there and the grape growing conditions are prime.
We’re renovating a 1200sf shop building and recycling a lot of the materials as we’re trying to be as sustainable as we can. The building was designed originally as a winery but never opened, so it has concrete walls and it’s partially set into a hillside for natural temperature control. It’ll be an open concept so people will see the barrels and tanks in a bright open space. It’s right at the very top of the 9-acre property with beautiful views of the lake and the valley.
I’ve been working with the grapes at this property for four years and I’m proud that we’re currently in the second year of organic transition. It’ll take a while to know every corner and vine but that’s the most exciting thing of your own land. I still think of myself as a garagiste, although we’ll be over 2000 cases, I’ll never give up my experimenting, it keeps me grounded, honest, creative, and happy. We won’t make a lot of wine compared to more than 70% of other wineries in the Valley, but I want my hands in the farming and the winemaking process – that’s where I’m most happy.
I’m really looking forward to having that in-person connection with my customers, I want people to understand why I make my wines and why they taste the way they do. I can’t wait to get to know people at cellar tastings! It’s my eighth vintage as Anthony Buchanan Wines this year, and it’s amazing to think that soon we’ll be processing at our own facility. I wish I could snap my fingers and open right now, but next May will come very soon and we can’t wait to welcome you to our winery.”
Anthony, Nichol, Ashlyn, Lawson, and Molly the dog. July 2, 2021.