A pioneer of the Washington wine industry who introduced one of the most diverse winemaking models to the Walla Walla Valley with Long Shadows Vintners has been selected as the 2014 inductee into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.
Allen Shoup will be honored by the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center during the annual induction gala Aug. 8.
Nominees for the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame “exemplify legendary status because of contributions and commitment to the Washington wine industry,” according to the announcement. They must have been Washington residents involved in the wine industry for 25 years.
The former chief executive officer of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Shoup spent 20 years building the company and its affiliate wineries. A biographical look at his wine career: He began in Modesto, Calif., as a marketing director for Gallo. He moved to Washington in 1980 to lead Chateau Ste. Michelle, its affiliate wineries and the growing region from obscurity to international prominence. Chateau Ste. Michelle grew from 4,000 acres of unsung vineyards into a world-class 30,000-acre Columbia Valley appellation. Allen also initiated joint ventures as CEO of Ste. Michelle that brought Tuscany’s Piero Antinori and Germany’s Dr. Ernst Loosen to Washington. Out of these partnerships came Col Solare and Eroica. Allen knew Dr. Walter Clore, respected his vision and sought Dr. Clore’s counsel from the early days of his arrival in Washington, the release described.
Shoup founded the Washington Wine Institute and the Auction of Washington Wines. He helped create the Washington Wine Commission and was instrumental in organizing the American Vintners Association.
In 2002 he established Long Shadows, a coterie of ultra-premium wineries all under one roof and built with internationally acclaimed winemakers representing major wine regions of the world. The winery was named “Winery of the Year” by Food & Wine magazine in 2007.
In addition to his managing partner duties for Long Shadows, Shoup, who lives in Seattle with his wife, Kathleen, is also managing partner of the Benches at Wallula Gap. That’s a 650-acre vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.
The Walter Core Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser is named for the late Dr. Clore, whose life work was the study of vinifera grapes and their potential for growth in Washington. The operation is a learning center promoting Washington food and wine.