Former winery facility won’t hold Waters

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Waters Winery has closed its tasting room, but the operation is far from going under.

The Walla Walla winery — including storage and production facility — is developing a new storage and production facility adjacent to Amavi Cellars at 3796 Peppers Bridge Road.

The development is a component of an ownership change almost a year ago.

Last August, Waters Winery and 21 Grams were purchased by TERO Estates and Flying Trout Wines. New owners Doug and Jan Roskelley and Mike Tembruell had singed a 10-month lease on the facility along JB George Road as they explored options for use of the facility and existing properties, according to an announcement.

Several months of deliberation concluded the winery group would best be served by a new facility.

The former spot was closed to the public last Saturday.

The winery portion of the new space should be complete by late June. The tasting room portion may be slightly longer.

In the meantime, the full lineup of Waters wines is being poured at the TERO Estates, Flying Trout Wines and Waters Winery tasting room in the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. Private tastings are also available with reservations at the group’s winery facility in Milton-Freewater. For more information on private tastings, call Michelle Aichele at 541-203-0020.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321, vickihillhouse@wwub.com or on Twitter.

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