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Trothe wines are sourced exclusively from Andrews Family Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. This is ground our great-grandfather broke from sagebrush, ground we have farmed for generations, ground we know. Our faith in this land runs deep, and we trust that if we hold our work to uncommon standards, we will produce uncommon results.

Our Wine

We hand select our grapes in small lots from the blocks, rows, and individual vines that exemplify the quality of our vineyard and the distinctive character of the vintage.

2018 Vintage

An unusually warm May helped overcome a cooler start to the vintage and transitioned to perfect fruit-set weather. A long, hot summer was marked by minimal rain, leading to medium berry sizes with fully-developed fruit sugars and rich, concentrated tannins. The Trothe fruit was the first picked in most blocks, in order to capture a balance of ripe fruit and fresh acidity.

2017 Vintage

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2016 Vintage

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Trothe’s wines are extremely limited. Our inaugural release is available to Members now for preorder. Wine will ship September 2021. Please join our Member List to receive an allocation while supplies last.

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ANDREWS FAMILY VINEYARDS

Our vineyards occupy 1,300 acres in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills. They have been owned and operated by the Andrews family since 1994, on land our family has farmed for generations.

ANDREWS FAMILY VINEYARDS

Our approach is defined by respect for the land, confidence in our vision, and uncompromising care in every detail. We are proud to have provided grapes to some of Washington’s most acclaimed winemakers and to have been part of some of the most awarded wines our state has produced.

ANDREWS FAMILY VINEYARDS

Farming—like winemaking—is a continuous learning process. We believe it is essential to balance tradition with innovation to ensure this land will be here for the generations that follow us.

ANDREWS FAMILY VINEYARDS

We walk these rows every day, weighing the wisdom of experience against the unique demands of each season. When the land speaks, we listen, because the needs of each vine are more important than egos or routines.

Accolades

2018 Vintage
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2017 Vintage
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Our Team

Our Team
The Andrews Family (L–R): Macauley Andrews, Mike Andrews, Jeff Andrews, and Jani Andrews

Trothe is a family partnership. Our goal is to create wines that showcase the unique terroir and exceptional potential of the land we farm together.

Todd Chapman

Todd Chapman

Vineyard Manager

Todd has been immersed Washington’s wine community for the past 20 years. He helped develop and manage Destiny Ridge Vineyards for Alexandria Nicole, and he spent several vintages working for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, in both winery and vineyard. In that time, he discovered that his true passion lies in the vines, so he transitioned to a viticulturalist position for Ste. Michelle and took assignment in the Horse Heaven Hills. He joined Andrews Family Vineyards in 2018 with the belief that Horse Heaven is the best place in the world to grow wine grapes. He strives to bring balance to the vineyard, to capitalize on each vintage’s unique nature, and to allow the grapes to express the character of the ground from which they come.

Raymon McKee

Raymon McKee

Winemaker

Ray has worked as a winemaker in Washington for 27 vintages. He grew up working his parents’ vineyard and winery in the Yakima Valley, and has an intimate knowledge of vineyards across the state. His passion for wine has led him around the world and ultimately back home. He was formerly the red winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate, and he has worked for numerous Washington wineries, including Heaven’s Cave Cellars, Covey Run Winery and Columbia Winery. He sees unique potential to create world-class wines from Washington grapes. His approach to winemaking is detailed, conscientious, and anchored in the simple belief that the best fruit yields the best wine.

Justin Michaud

Justin Michaud

Assistant Winemaker

Justin’s career in wine began in the vineyards of Central California, transitioned to Walla Walla, took a detour to New Zealand, and landed him finally in the Horse Heaven Hills. He has worked for Canoe Ridge Estate, Ash Hollow, Goose Ridge Vineyards, and with Mike Andrews on a separate wine project since 2013, giving him a deep connection to the land that produces Trothe wine. His approach to winemaking is meticulous, but organic, striving to create wines that are precise and consistent, while honestly reflecting the variations of each vintage.

Our History

1920–1940

1920–1940

George Smith (Jeff and Macauley’s great-grandfather) makes a name for himself in the Horse Heaven Hills by breaking more than 100,000 acres of land from sagebrush.

1941

1941

Wanting to put down their own stake, George and his wife, Mabel, purchase 7,800 acres of some of the driest and least farmable land in the Horse Heaven Hills.

1942–1948

1942–1948

Almost immediately, the United States Navy seizes the land to use as a bombing range during World War II. When the land is finally returned in 1945, George sets to work growing a meager dryland wheat crop.

1949

1949

George and Mabel’s daughter Louise joins the homestead with her husband, Bob Andrews. Bob convinces George to take a huge risk in drilling for water, and in the late 50s, they find it.

1958–1972

1958–1972

Fueled by the discovery of water, the family expands the farm’s infrastructure, growing traditional crops and raising cattle.

1973

1973

Bob and Louise’s son, Mike Andrews, graduates from Washington State University and joins the family operation, with a passion for registered Hereford cattle.

1978

1978

The beef industry faces hard times, but Mike is committed to his cattle. The family decides to split the operation, and Mike takes the ground his brothers don’t want—land that would come to include Andrews Family Vineyards.

1994

1994

Mike plants his first 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and begins steadily growing his vineyard.

2006

2006

Mike’s son Jeff joins the family business, with a focus on modernizing and growing the vineyard operation. His younger brother Macauley would join soon after, helping build out information technology to support the operation.

2006–2018

2006–2018

The entire property is transitioned to wine grapes, totaling 1300 acres and including 26 varieties. Andrews Family Vineyards has contributed fruit to nine Wine Spectator Top 100 wines, including Washington’s only Wine Spectator Number One Wine in the World.

Membership

Our inaugural release is available for preorder to list Members. Wine will ship September 2021. 2018 was a special vintage, and we produced just five barrels of Trothe Cabernet Sauvignon. By joining our Member List, you will automatically receive access to an allocation, while supplies last.

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