Chris Camarda is the winemaker and owner of Andrew Will Cellars. Since his first vintage in 1989, the driving force behind Andrew Will has been the primacy of the vineyard over variety. "I believe that an individual piece of property can form a signature—an identity—and it is that face that is the focus of my winemaking."
Named as one of the 50 most influential winemakers in the world, he has been in the vanguard in Washington State for single vineyard blends.
It was a natural progression for Chris to plant his own vineyard in 2000 after a decade of purchasing fruit from top vineyards in Washington State. He not only has control of the varietals planted which are the Bordeaux varietals but also the clones. Clonal variety is particularly important to him as a winemaker.
He selected the 30 acre site because of the excellent grape soil and climate. Two Blondes is not threatened by freezes as well as being just cool enough to insure a modulated ripening process even in warm years. The site has none of the draw backs he sees in some areas of the state alternating between devastating freezes and heat in excess of 100 degrees.