Founded by Amy and Josh Stottlemyer, Stottle Winery was established through a passion for wine and the simple pleasures of life. We believe that each wine is an expression of all of the things that influence the grape on its journey from vine to wine. Our duty as winemaker is to bring out the greatest expression of each of the elements that touch the grape in its life. The quality of the soils, the intensity of the sun, the cooling influence of the mountains and rivers, and the care and skill of the grower all lend subtle influences to a wine. Like a sculptor must find the statue incased in the stone, so must a winemaker find the perfect expression of that grape.
Winemaker - Josh Stottlemyer
Founder and winemaker Josh Stottlemyer is the force behind the complex and nuanced wines of Stottle Winery. After selling his successful web development and internet marketing firm he took his passion for wine to the next level enrolling at the Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle where he completed their 2 year winemaking program. The Northwest Wine Academy features a full working teaching winery and instructors who were leaders in the Washington industry. Josh also holds a bachelors of science from the University of Minnesota where he studied chemical engineering and geology.
Our fruit comes from several different vineyards. The skill of the growers and the quality of the terrior is readily apparent in each of our wines.
Elerding Canyon Vineyard - Yakima Valley AVA
This vineyard, where we source our Viognier, is just Southwest of Prosser and features the second oldest Viognier wines in Washington state. These vines are cropped to about 2.5 tons per acre which intensifies the flavors and complexity of the wines we make using these grapes.
Elerding 6 Prong Vineyard - Horse Heaven Hills AVA
This highly sought after old vine vineyard sits next to the Columbia River Gorge with its moderating winds, warm days and cool nights; it provides an ideal location for growing many grape varietals. Many of the varieties in the Elerding vineyards are among the oldest vines of their type in the State. Our Malbec, Syrah, and Sangiovese come from these venerable vines. In prior (and future years) we have sourced Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, and Mourvedre from this vineyard.
Marcela Vineyard - Yakima Valley AVA
We source Roussanne from this wonderful little vineyard located just outside of Zilla. The vines here are cropped to less then 2 tons per acre intensifying the flavors of this highly sensitive grape.
Elephant Mountain Vineyard - Yakima Valley AVA
If you look to the north traveling down I-84 as you near Zilla, the hills take on the shape of a giant sleeping elephant. Located in these hills is Elephant Mountain Vineyards, the highest and hottest vineyard in the Yakima Valley with similar heat units to Red Mountain. We source our Merlot from this vineyard as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier (for our late harvest) in 2011.
Our winery and main tasting room is located in Lacey, WA just off I5 and north of the state capital, Olympia. We are located in a mixed use business park where we take advantage of the commercial facilities and easy access. We are also just down the road from two other local wineries, Madsen Family Cellars and Northwest Mountain Winery. There are 15+ wineries in Thurston County.
Stottle's Tasting Rooms
In addition to our main tasting room at the winery in Lacey, we also have a tasting room in the quaint town of Hoodsport on the Hood Canal and scenic Highway 101.