Waters Winery was founded in 2005 in Walla Walla Valley with Jamie Brown as the winemaker. It all started out when Chris Figgins from Leonetti Cellars introduced Jamie to investors from Colorado Springs who believed that Washington State could produce world class wines. In 2013 TR Wines purchased the winery to complete a portfolio of premium Walla Walla wines. In 2016 Waters Winery opened its second tasting room in the SODO district of Seattle. We look forward to many more years of continued success.
I wanted wines that were more out of the backbone of acid. If it meant less extraction and color so be it.
Sticking to our guns, we remain steadfast in our belief that wine is art first, commodity second. With that in mind, we service the wine and the vineyards they come from by allowing the traits of vineyards be showcased to the very last drop of our wines. Picking as much on acid as sugar and eschewing new oak to reveal the truth of any given wine, we meticulously pick our vineyard sites to complement our vision for each wine we make. The old adage that wine is made in the vineyard is never truer than with Waters Winery. Jamie works closely with the vineyards and site manager to plan every task in the vineyard to complement the vision of the wines he’ll be making. including watering, shoot thinning, cover crops, yield management, and picking dates. As all of these directly affect the outcome of ‘a Jamie style’ wine.
The result has been over 15 years of terroir driven wines that display a consistent ageworthy elegance. Having a clear vision for doing a more restrained, balanced, and food friendly style approach to winemaking sums up what Waters Winery is all about. Enjoy and rock on.
Few on the Washington Wine scene can claim ‘rockstar’ status. A native Walla Wallan, who has been making acclaimed wines since 1998, drawing inspiration from his underground musical ethos of honesty, integrity, and intuition. The connection between wine and music is indisputable—just ask Jamie.
As Jamie Brown will gladly concede, his love and knowledge of making music has helped him become an intuitive winemaker. “Just as songwriting to me means anticipating a melody without changing its natural direction; winemaking entails appreciating what nature gives you in order to shape the way a wine is made.”
With a nose for great, ‘balanced and food friendly’ wines and a desire to learn more, Jamie was drawn back to the Walla Walla Valley to study the art of winemaking alongside winemakers such as Rusty Figgins (Glen Fiona), Eric Dunham (Dunham Cellars), and Jean François Pellet (Pepper Bridge, Amavi), before earning his first reviews as the winemaker at James Leigh Cellars in 2000.
Jamie has extensive experience in the vineyards, having developed and managed several vineyards over the years including Forgotten Hills, Old Stones, Markham Banks (now SJR), Mars Hill (now Bob Healy), Sinclair, and our latest site, Waterstone vineyard located in ‘The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater’. As Jamie would attest, wine is indeed made in the vineyard.
“Keep on Rocking in the free world” -NY