Willow Crest

Prosser, WA

Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima Valley. The Minick Family first planted wine grapes on their Roza farm, north of Prosser in 1982. Focusing on aromatic white wines such as Pinot Gris and Riesling, Willow Crest Winery uses estate-grown fruit that the winemaking team monitors throughout each step of the winemaking process. This attention and care to the grape is expressed in every bottle of Willow Crest wine.

  • Crush capacity: 1,500 tons
  • Total production capability: 90,000 cases
  • Barrel capacity: No Barrels
  • Fermentation tanks: 1,000 to 36,000 gallon

Unique production tools:

  • Cross Flow filtration for more gentle and efficient wine filtration
  • Centrifuge equipment to remove solids quickly from wines

Best Practices used to achieve consistent quality:

  • General sanitation practices allow us to maintain the cleanest wineries in Washington
  • World class bottling QC program that standardizes our sanitation, start-up, production standard checks, and shut down procedures

Technology:

  • Orion Wine Software allows our winemaking team to issue and track work orders efficiently and to ensure that additions, wine movements and blending are error free

Long-term plans to continue improving quality:

  • Continue to develop and implement best farming practices at the Estate vineyard
  • Dedication to continued industry research and development

Strengths of the production team:

  • Winemaker and Founder Dave Minick is laser-focused on white wine production and leads an experienced team to produce word-class wines
  • Aromatics have been lauded by Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Press Northwest and are noted for surpassing the competition for quality to price value