Dusted Valley and Boomtown
The two friends and brothers-in-law, Chad and Corey from Wisconsin, initially had set out on an adventure without a destination, leaving their families behind in Wisconsin. But as often happens when folks wander around like this, one thing can lead to another and in 2003 something big occurred—Dusted Valley Wines was created. In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t accomplished without the necessary wherewithal. Both young farmers came to grape growing with an edge, and the duo was able to successfully apply their agriculture and farming chops to the business of growing wine grapes in Walla Walla.
In the wink of an eye, 16 anniversaries came and went at Dusted Valley, and as time passed, along came a growing understanding of the local soils and conditions. Chad and Corey soon discovered the art of crafting spectacular Washington state wines under their Dusted Valley and Boomtown labels.
Today, having established strong roots in Walla Walla, Chad and Corey are intensely focused on preserving their holdings via the application of sustainable agricultural practices in partnership with their inherent minimalistic winemaking protocols. As a result, their low yield wines offer a strong sense of place while showcasing the excellence of their impressive estate vineyards in Walla Walla Valley, along with selective other premier vineyards throughout the state of Washington.
In homage to the owners’ roots, Dusted Valley Winery works with oak sourced from their native state of Wisconsin along with barrels crafted from the finest French oak. The American White Oak from Wisconsin grows in one of America’s most northern forests. A short growing season produces an extremely tight grain that is unique to oak from this region. It’s this tighter grain that frames Dusted Valley wines, allowing for a more elegant extraction.
More or less a “boutique winery” Dusted Valley produces roughly 6,000 cases of highly acclaimed small production lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Chardonnay, along with unique Bordeaux and Rhone style blends.
Not to be overlooked, Dusted Valley proudly shares the Walla Walla “good life” with friends and fans at two winery tasting rooms—one at the foot of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla and one near Seattle in Woodinville, Washington. If you’re ever in the area, remember Mr. Greeley’s advice upgraded for those seeking brave new wines from uncharted lands and, “Go (North) West, young man.”