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Andrew Will Winery Now a Father-Son Team


Date: 06/06/13

Andrew Will Winery has announced that Will Camarda, son of owner/winemaker Chris Camarda, will be joining his father as assistant winemaker.

“I am pleased that my son has decided to come on board. While I had no expectations that he would follow in my footsteps, I have privately hoped he would take an interest in the wine business,” said Chris Camarda. “He will learn all aspects of the business from sales and marketing, to winemaking and vineyard management.”

Will Camarda, for whom the winery is named along with his cousin Andrew, graduated from the University of Washington in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. He most recently worked at Sound Earth Strategies in Seattle, as a geologist.

“I am happy that I had the chance to work in my field of geology as I know that that experience and education will serve me well as I learn more about viticulture,” said Will Camarda. “But I also know that continuing my Dad’s legacy is a chance of a lifetime. I have many fond memories from my childhood of climbing amongst the wine barrels with my sister Lucia and visiting the vineyards in eastern Washington. Now, I will actually have a hand in shaping the winery’s future.”

Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989, and was launched out of a love for wine that Chris Camarda developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Initially, the winery consisted of 900 square feet of rented industrial space in Seattle. In the early days, everything was done by hand from shoveling grapes into crushers to labeling and delivering wine. In 1994, the winery moved to Vashon Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, where the present state-of-the-art winery sits on pristine acreage.

Camarda’s winemaking style focuses on the primacy of the vineyard over varietal. He is a strong believer that an individual piece of property can form a signature in the wines. Andrew Will wines are labeled by vineyard with each wine a different makeup of Bordeaux varietals. These vineyards, all in the Columbia Valley of eastern Washington, include Camarda’s own estate, Two Blondes, as well as Champoux, of which he is part owner, Mays Discovery, and Ciel du Cheval. For more information, visit www.andrewwill.com.

Region: Washington
Job Function: Winemaking

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