Ryan’s winemaking philosophy is to treat wine as art. “It is an intuitive process from the vine to the bottle each step determines the next. Science and winemaking technology are great tools but nothing can replace experience and your palate. The best wines have a sense of place or exhibit terrior. Terrior is the summation of the geology, geography, climate, and to a large extent the culture of the people who work the land and influence the wines.”

Born and raised in Washington State by a family with a rich history in the culinary arts, Ryan was devoted to great food and drink from an early age. A self described hedonist, Ryan loves to cook and eat and claims to always be thinking about his next meal.

Ryan’s first experiences with wine came in his early teens, when he began making wine at home with his family. As he matured his interest in wines continued to grow, and Ryan pursued an education that would help provide him with a career in the field. Sure enough, shortly after graduating with a degree in Enology and Viticulture, Ryan accepted the position as winemaker for Tertulia Cellars.

Ryan lives in Walla Walla with his family. He couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves the slow pace of life that wine country has to offer. Ryan especially enjoys well planned meals and a choice bottle of wine or two shared with family and friends.