Chris Upchurch Continues to Chart Growth of his Celebrated Red Mountain Portfolio
Benton City, WA, June 23, 2021 – Kevin Irving has joined Upchurch Vineyard as Assistant Winemaker. Previously Assistant Winemaker at Betz Winery, Irving will work directly with Chris Upchurch at Upchurch Vineyard, supporting the efforts of one of Washington State’s winemaking pioneers and a leader on Red Mountain.
Approaching the release of his 10th vintage at the winery, Upchurch continues to add talent and expand his roster of unique wines. “With our long-standing relationship with Betz Family Winery, I knew that Kevin was not only well qualified for our Assistant Winemaker position, he also had a good understanding of the quality that we are determined to achieve here at Upchurch Vineyard. I think he will be a great addition to the team.”
Irving came to winemaking following a successful career in finance, during which he travelled the world and experienced the culture of wine and food firsthand. Upon moving to Seattle, however, he fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and began pursuing his passion for wine and winemaking. “When I got the opportunity to work with Chris Upchurch, I could not pass it up.”
“We have a very exciting future here and have never been bound by convention,” notes Upchurch. “Kevin’s energy and experience are right in line with my and Thea’s approach.”
Upchurch Vineyard on Red Mountain Tasting Room Hours
Upchurch Vineyard is open for tastings and visits Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm, by appointment only, and other days by advanced request.
As the founding winemaker and a partner at DeLille Cellars since 1992, Chris Upchurch has crafted some of the finest and most award-winning wines in Washington State. He is the only winemaker to produce two Washington State brands to receive 5 stars (outstanding) in Robert Parker’s Wine Buyers Guide, for both DeLille Cellars and Doyenne.
Upchurch Vineyard is dedicated to sustainable farming and is certified by L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), a non-profit organization that promotes and certifies sustainable vineyard practices. It is also certified “Salmon Safe” which is a program to protect Pacific Northwest water sheds and the wildlife that thrives within them.