George & Linda Kirkish are the heart of Palouse Winery. After running an airline, a contracting business, raising four children, and living life to the fullest on Vashon Island, George & Linda took their drive for excellence and art in a new direction.
In the fall of 2003, they set off into the wilds of the wine industry by buying half a ton of Cabernet Franc grapes from Portteus Vineyard, located high on the hillside above Yakima Valley in Rattlesnake Hills. That first barrel ignited a passion for wine making that couldn’t be stamped out.
With expert guidance & regular classes at UC Davis’s oenology program, Palouse evolved further in its philosophy, along with its grape purchases. In early 2005 the winery expanded into the present day location on Vashon Island’s north end. Palouse produces 1,400 cases of handcrafted wine a year, each vintage more stunning than the last.