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About Prospice

A lawyer and an architect walk into a vineyard…perhaps this sounds like the start of a joke?  In this case, it was a meeting that ultimately led to the creation of a winery that Wine Enthusiast’s Sean Sullivan calls “one of the most exciting entrants on the Washington wine stage in the last decade.”
From this first meeting in Walla Walla Community College’s Stan Clarke Vineyard, it quickly became apparent to both Jay Krutulis (the lawyer) and Matt Reilly (the architect) that they held a shared perspective on wines and a shared vision for winemaking.  As they crafted wines together and worked side by side in the College’s winery and vineyards, it wasn’t long before the notion of founding their own winery together began to coalesce.  While they continued to hone their skills working at other Walla Walla wineries, the property we now lovingly refer to as “The Little Pink Winery” became available, and the vision became a reality starting in the summer of 2017.  A frantic dash to procure fruit, barrels, equipment, and other resources ensued, and with the 2017 harvest a few short months later, the Prospice journey was off and running.
At Prospice our focus is on making balanced, elegant wines that celebrate the source fruit and the vineyard sites.  We embrace modern scientific research relating to winemaking, and use analyses and data to understand and guide the production of the best wines we can make from that fruit, and minimize the use of manipulative techniques or unnecessary additives to our wine.  Throughout the process, the science, the analyses, the techniques, and the barrels are all ultimately in the service of the most subjective but most important tool we have:  our palate.  Ultimately, a wine is a small work of art in a bottle, and we seek to make each Prospice wine unique, expressive, and beautiful.
“One of the most exciting entrants on the Washington wine stage in the last decade.”

—Sean Sullivan

About the Name

In some ways naming and branding the winery was almost a more difficult endeavor than making our first wines!  But during our prolonged explorations and discussions on this topic, we found a Latin phrase:  “Respice, Adspice, Prospice.”  Translation:  “Learn from the past; live in the present; look to the future.”
The Prospice name, and this exhortation to “look to the future,” reflects both our belief in the inherently optimistic and forward-looking nature of wine and winemaking and our respect for their deeply rooted traditions.  The clean, modern lines of the Prospice name in our logo sit in counterpoint to the lower rendering of the same name in ancient Etruscan characters (read retrograde, from right to left), signifying this dichotomy of future and past.
Winemaking is full of moments of anticipation and expectation.  A grower who has found the perfect new vineyard site can close her eyes and see the rows of trellised vines that will eventually span the landscape.  Every year as spring arrives, grower and winemaker alike begin to roam the vineyard, carefully tracking the progress of budbreak, bloom, fruit set, veraison, ripening — always imagining the harvest ahead.  As freshly-harvested fruit reaches the winery, the winemaker tastes and begins to envision the future of this incipient wine.  At every stage of fermentation and aging, and as the wine goes into bottle, the winemaker recites an insistent and repeated mantra —  “I can’t wait to see what this wine becomes…” — whether in a year, two years, or twenty.
In counterpoint to this future-oriented vision, winemaking is also imbued with an unshakeable reverence for the ancient origins of the craft.  The overwhelming majority of fine wine in modern times will spend at least some time in an oak barrel that would be entirely recognizable to a winemaker in Roman times.  Other ancient materials and techniques (such as concrete fermenters and clay amphorae) are experiencing a resurgence in modern wineries.  Where the geology supports it, many wineries still age wines in caves hewn from solid rock.  Despite alternatives that are arguably superior, many winemakers and consumers alike still cling stubbornly to the use of cork to seal wine bottles.
Prospice — the name and the winery — is a celebration of the past, of all the years of experience that have brought the winemaking craft to where it is today, and a means to carry that craft into an exciting future.  We hope you will join us for the adventure.