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20 years of


Our mission remains the same.

To produce small-lot, artisan wines that accurately display each vineyard and varietal.


Est. 2001

Forgeron Cellars was born out of a quest to produce site-specific wines that illustrate the diversity found amongst Columbia Valley's different viticultural appellations. Our mission is to produce small-lot, artisan wines that accurately display each vineyard, varietal, and appellation. We believe that much of winemaking occurs in the vineyard and adhere to traditional techniques while utilizing the benefits of modern innovation. Forgeron Cellars is a true urban winery and is located in an old blacksmith building in Walla Walla, Washington. Long established, the winery continues to work with many of the region's top grape growers to ensure the production of some of the most appealing wines the valley has to offer.

Forgeron Cellars Walla Walla Tasting Room Entry

Forgeron Cellars was founded by more than two-dozen local Walla Walla business leaders, many of whom successfully founded and sold Canoe Ridge Winery. The idea was to build a winery in downtown Walla Walla that would help anchor local business and contribute towards the reinvigoration of the downtown area. Their search for an ideal location ended when they came upon an old blacksmith building located at 33 Birch Street, and just two blocks off Main. The building provided the perfect foundation and ultimately influenced the name for the winery - Forgeron is the French word for blacksmith. After months of renovations, the old blacksmith building was transformed into a cozy tasting room and office, while a new building was constructed for barrel storage and fermentation, and a state-of-the-art crush facility built for processing grapes. 

Marie Gilla was brought in as a partner and founding winemaker and led Forgeron Cellars from its first vintage in 2001 through 2017, when she was replaced by her longtime protégé, Cody Janett. Marie's expertise in old-world-style winemaking proved an excellent foundation for Forgeron's aim to produce site-specific and varietally-correct wines, and as a result, during her tenure the winery gained a loyal following of consumers and critics alike

Since taking the helm, Head Winemaker Cody Janett has built on the foundation left by Marie by increasing focus on the vineyards, believing in the old adage that 80% of winemaking happens in the vineyard. To this extent, Cody now sources from a select number of vineyards and works closely with each of them to ensure that the fruit is harvested at optimum ripeness with the aim of producing fresher, more balanced wines that are lower in alcohol. The results have been fantastic, with both consumer demand and critical acclaim notably increasing with Cody's first vintages of wines garnering more than thirty 90+ point scores from several prominent publications.

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Jeremy Baker
Managing Partner

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jeremy started out as an entrepreneur in the restaurant business and then worked in wine importing and distribution. Starting in 2007, Jeremy conceived, built and managed Thomas George Estates in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California.  As President and CEO, Jeremy sourced and oversaw the acquisition of more than 200 acres of premium vineyards and grew Thomas George from 2,000 to 25,000 cases while establishing national distribution and a loyal, cult following amongst pinot-files.


At Forgeron Cellars, Jeremy is responsible for all facets of the winery's operations and activities, while also serving on the Board of Directors. Starting in 2018, he renewed the winery's focus on producing site-driven, fresh and balanced wines along with increasing emphasis on customer service at Forgeron Cellars and brand growth. Having been long enamored with Columbia Valley wines, Jeremy is excited to be residing in Walla Walla while greatly enjoying building upon the brand's foundation of consistent and stellar vintages.  

Danny Gordon
Head of Winemaking

Danny grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Banks, Oregon on an 8 acre farm, about 20 miles west of Portland. The family farm was just a mile down the road from Tualatin Estate Vineyards, which gave Danny his first exposure to the wine business, sparking what would become a lifelong passion. He spent most of his time growing up working on a row crop farm in Cornelius, Oregon. In 1999, shortly after graduating from Oregon State University, Danny began work at Tamarack Cellars, moving to Walla Walla with his wife Carin. They immediately fell in love with the town and their new life, with two children soon joining their happy family.


Danny spent over twenty years at Tamarack Cellars as Maker of the Wine. He was responsible for hands-on wine making decisions, long term grower relationships and the overall operation of the Cellar. With Danny’s steady hand Tamarack Cellars success grew consistently, widely acclaimed by consumers and critics alike, including 3 wines in Wine Spectator Top 100. Through mentorship, work experience, continual education and many helpful friends from throughout the wine industry Danny has mastered Making of the Wine and brings vast experience and knowledge, positivity and levity in his role as Director of Winemaking at Forgeron Cellars.


"I am absolutely thrilled to join the Forgeron Cellars Team and be a part of its legacy of producing World Class wines in Washington."

Enrique Ibarra
Lead Winemaker

Enrique started working at Tamarack Cellars in 2016. He took the job as a means to make money but in doing so, fell in love with the art of winemaking. So much so, that he changed his career goal of becoming a math teacher and immediately applied to the Walla Walla Community College's Oenology and Viticulture program in 2017 (graduating in 2019). Enrique worked two jobs during his time at the WWCC, one in the cellar and one as a caregiver. He worked alongside Danny Gordon, Forgeron Cellars' current Director of Winemaking and former winemaker at Tamarack, for 6 years, until opening a new chapter with Danny at Forgeron Cellars. 

Enrique loves Petite Verdot, and laments that more producers aren't varietally bottling it in Washington State. "If you ever catch me at a tasting room and they have Petite Verdot on the menu, it will already be in my glass." He loves Lasagna and Pozole Rojo and feels that his greatest life achievement, by far, is being a father to his 2 year-old son named Lucas, who is a character. When not working he spends his days with Lucas at the park.

Peter Kasperski
Director of Guest Experiences

The Forgeron Cellars Tasting Room in Woodinville welcomes the arrival of Peter Kasperski as Director of Guest Experiences (he requested the title of Hired Gun, but we shot that down...get it?). Peter has a storied resume that includes 25+ years as an owner/operator of restaurants, bars, and wine bars in Scottsdale & Phoenix, Arizona, as well as multiple consulting projects across the globe and several writing gigs, including 5 years as the wine columnist for Phoenix Magazine. His experiences in pairing food and wine will to prove invaluable as we move the fortunes of Forgeron Cellars forward. Plus, he wrote this (hence the alliteration).


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