Silverback Vineyards was conceived after Winemaker/Founder, Charles Herrold was introduced to the owners of Wallula Vineyard (also known as “The Benches”) at a grape growers’ convention in 2006 by the well-respected grape grower, Paul Champoux. At the time, Charles was enjoying success with the winery he founded in British Columbia called Blackwood Lane. That winery was producing the highest rated Bordeaux-style blends in Canada year after year.
This spark ignited a flame and in 2009, Herrold made the first wines for the new project now known as Silverback. The quality and depth he could display in these new wines gave him the confidence to sell Blackwood Lane in 2010 and focus completely on Silverback Vineyards. Delivering the purest expressions of this awe-inspiring vineyard was, and still is, the goal. Age-proven techniques are incorporated using Old World character to each of the individually crafted wines. Since less than 5% of wines can be cellared long-term, the winemaking team reveals the terroir of the Wallula vineyard.
Wine is a living liquid. As such, respect is shown for the fruit and the wines are simply directed, not forced, to develop their unique flavor and aromatic profiles.
Winemaker Charles Herrold dreamed of a boutique winery completely under his helm that would focus only on a concise portfolio of ultra-premium, small-lot wines. He found the quality and control he desired in Washington State’s Columbia Valley, leasing select blocks of grapes from premium vineyards and producing his wines among a strong community of like-minded winemakers. Herrold aims for renowned quality and prestige in wines while imparting his signature style on some of the world’s most beloved: Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux Blends. Herrold’s approach to winemaking is to apply minimal intervention, focusing on well-tended grapes from proven vineyards and to make the right choices in the winery to avoid compensating with chemicals – a common practice in the wine industry. Few faults or tweaks get past Herrold’s refined nose and palate leading him to, essentially, strive to produce wines that pass his own critical sniff test. Charles is a former musician who played with a popular rock band, enjoys cooking seafood dishes and loves to meet new friends.