Our winemaking is simple in concept yet complex in execution. We have long term contracts to purchase grapes by the acre from great and sustainable vineyards in the Northwest. Key to our vineyard selection are farmers who we trust and have an excellent relationship with. Brett Isenhower is a scientist and a history buff. He is into new grapevine clones for wine complexity and old vines for wine depth and concentration. All our grapes are hand picked and hand sorted to guarantee only perfect grapes enter the winery.
We use traditional winemaking methods to craft the wines. These methods include punchdowns, foot stomping, saignée, native yeast fermentation, barrel stirring, and sur lie aging. The top tier reds are all free run wine and aged in the finest new and once used French oak barrels. The white wines are aged in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel barrels. Our rosé is briefly aged in stainless steel barrels. Our goal is for each Isenhower Cellars wine to be unique, age worthy, and delicious. Isenhower Cellars currently produces 4000 cases of wine per year.