Winemaker Andrew Brown
Andrew’s family has been farming in the Walla Walla Valley for generations. Andrew’s interest in wine and cider production grew out of his family’s vineyards and orchards. He left the Walla Walla Valley to attend Oregon State University, where he studied sciences and remains a diehard Beaver fan to this day. After college Andrew returned to the Walla Walla Valley and then caught the winemaking bug while working with Rich Funk of Saviah Cellars. Andrew developed his winemaking skill under Rich before taking over as head winemaker and cider maker for Watermill Winery and Blue Mountain Cider in 2008. When not supervising winery and cider operations, Andrew is active in the local Milton-Freewater community through youth sports and volunteer work.
Vineyard Manager Leonard Brown
Leonard Brown, or uncle Leo as he is affectionately known, is our farming expert and one of the foremost growers in the Walla Walla Valley. After managing the 1500 acres of family apples for decades, Leonard has retired from apple farming to focus on managing Watermill’s 140 acres of vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley and Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. His grapes have won the praise of fellow growers, journalists and winemakers from across the region for their high quality and consistency.
Direct to Consumer Manager Tristan Grau
While born and raised in Northern California, it took moving to the Walla Walla Valley for Tristan to discover the joy of wine. After graduating from Whitman College Tristan got his first wine industry job in the Dunham Cellars tasting room, before moving on to Watermill Winery, where he has spent the last 6 years in customer service, now as the Direct to Consumer Manager. In his spare time he enjoys exploring the Blue Mountains and the Wallowas through hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.
Assistant Winemaker Brian Roy
Meet Brian soon!