Old world sensibility.
New world pioneering.

Bucking tradition comes naturally to us. Most Northwest winemakers don’t begin their journey with a vineyard. We did.

The land is the hero of our winegrowing operation. We started with profound respect for this place, our place – seeking guidance from the soil, the wind, water and weather that conspire to nurture our fruit from vine to bottle.

A Life-Long Love of the Area

Mary Hyatt, co-founder of the vineyard and daughter of Joseph Christy, came to know this part of Washington state as home since childhood. From an early age, she learned that her family believed in doing things the right way, taking care to work hard and work well. That ethic continues with fervor in the present generation.

Vineyard-Forward Thinking

Not a lot of people have come at this industry from the point of view of the vineyard as the ignition point of the business proposition. We take pride in our role among the small but growing segment of the Northwest wine business focused on creating a vineyard-based (estate) operation. We did extensive research of the area in and around Horse Heaven Hills and, after collaborating with famed geologist in the region and Whitman College professor, Kevin Pogue, then chose the family homestead as the ideal venue for winegrowing.

Given our backgrounds in chemistry, microbiology, biology, enology and viticulture, we relied heavily on our skills and perspectives as scientists in choosing the location of our vineyards. With the planting of our first vines, we begin a new chapter in the farming lineage of this acreage along the Columbia River.

About the Founders

Denis and Mary Hyatt share a love of the land and respect for the agricultural process, as both come from rural roots where experiencing nature in all its forms and seasons is its own reward.

Denis grew up in a farming and ranching family in Western Montana with a 130-year history in that area. His family instilled a strong work ethic and placed a high value on the importance of education. After four years in the Navy, Denis became a physical therapist, a career he enjoyed for 27 years. During that time, he ran his own business including two clinics for a total of 23 year in private practice. After selling that business, he took his entrepreneurial skills in a new direction and earned a degree in Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College, which led to the launch of Joseph Christy Vineyards.

Mary grew up on two farms along the banks of the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities in Benton County, WA, the first of which was covered by water when the John Day Dam was built. It was just a few miles away from the current Joseph Christy estate. She attended the two-room schoolhouse at Paterson, WA, up until the fourth grade then went on to middle and high school in Kennewick, WA. Growing up out in the country, she visited her friends on horseback, spent lots of time exploring the area and developed an independent spirit, just like her father. Her academic passion led her to nursing and a specialization in oncology. As an oncology nurse for 34 years, Mary has fulfilled her desire to help those who are suffering. She combines her keen science and medical skills with an intuitive sense of how to manage complex, time-sensitive challenges. Her no-nonsense pragmatism is an invaluable strength in the winemaking business just as it has been in her healthcare career.