The Hogue Family has been a force in Washington Agriculture since the 1950's, when patriarch Wayne Hogue began planting hops, mint, asparagus and grapes for juices and jellies on his 1,200 acres of rich, Yakima Valley farmland.
Owned and operated by the Hogue family, the winery's phenomenal success is rooted in the traditional values of the family and farm. Although Hogue Farms had functioned primarily as a hops farm for many years, in 1974 Mike Hogue stepped away from the familiar, and planted the winery's first vinifera grapes. In 1982, he produced the first Hogue wines. Early vintages dazzled the critics at prestigious wine competitions. Mike was joined by brother Gary in 1987 and the winery quickly gained an outstanding reputation.
The Hogue Cellars wines have been long recognized for their pure varietal fruit character which can only come from fruit grown in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, the winemakers have been acknowledged as industry leaders. Recently, Dan Berger of the LA Times Syndicate named the winery's David Forsyth as "Winemaker of the Year," saying that the Hogue name is ". . . synonymous with world-class wines from a dozen grape varieties."
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Tasting Notes—October 1998