Bontzu Cellars: old world traditions, new world wines

Sorin Dumitru, owner and winemaker at Bontzu Cellars a brand new winery in Walla Walla!
Sorin Dumitru, owner and winemaker at Bontzu Cellars a brand new winery in Walla Walla!

In keeping with new Walla Walla wineries, Bontzu Cellars had a Grand Opening over Spring Release Weekend here in the valley.  I had classes with owner and winemaker, Sorin Dumitru before he graduated from the WWCC Enology & Viticulture program June of 2014, and knew he was doing everything he could to open his own winery.

Antique shoe molds on the window sill, newly planted vineyard outside the window.
Bontzu Cellars: honoring the past by making wine in the present.

Born and raised in Romania, Sorin brings old world traditions, including the memories of his Grandfather, a cobbler, who made wine for his family from a small vineyard, together with his passion for Washington State wine.  A soft-spoken mad, Sorin has a vision for Bontzu Cellars and we wish him Good Fortune as he pursues this dream!

The wines:

  • Traditional Romanian sausage with Bontzu Cellars wine.
    Traditional Romanian sausage to pair with Bontzu Cellars’ wines.

    2014 Rose’ – 65% Counoise, 20% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, a Rhone Style wine with 12.5% ABV, strawberry color and flavor

  • 2013 Cockburn Ranch Grenache – a delightful red that paired very well with the Romanian sausage Sorin prepared for the Grand Opening
  • 2013 Malbec – 14.8% ABV, violets and Cassis with lovely oak notes to finish
  • 2012 Syrah – 14.1% ABV, a young wine from the new sub AVA ‘The Rocks’ is a warm, smooth wine with warm, dark fruit and lingering oak finish
  • 2014 Gewürztraminer – 1.4RS, 13.5% ABV, gardenia and honeysuckle nose with lychee and mango on the palate


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