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Watermill Winery was established in 2005 with the vision to create some of the finest wines produced in the Walla Walla Valley. With passion and experience in the vineyard, the Brown family formed an exclusive relationship with Rich Funk of Saviah Cellars to oversee the winemaking operations. Rich has been making wine commercially in the Walla Walla Valley for over 7 years and is one of the most respected winemakers in the Valley. The winery is located in the historic Watermill Building and is one of the first wineries in Milton Freewater, Oregon, just 10 miles from downtown Walla Walla. In 1867, pioneers, William S. Frazier and his wife Pauline Rachael arrived in the Walla Walla Valley and settled in what is now known as the Milton-Freewater area. Their granddaughter Anna Marie, a pillar of the local community, was introduced to Earl and Lorraine Brown, who settled in the valley during the mid 1950’s. It was inevitable that these two families should come together through the marriage of their children, and the modern-day Browns honor this union by naming their first vineyard after the matriarch Anna Marie. The Anna Marie vineyard was planted in 2001, above lower Dry Creek and has a commanding view of the Walla Walla Valley. Anna Marie’s commitment to family, her tireless work ethic and her strong environmental awareness are perpetuated in the Browns' farming operations. Subsequently, three additional vineyards, McClellan Estate, Watermill Estate and Dugger Creek, have been established in close proximity to the original plantings. Each of these vineyards has unique distinguishing characteristics and has produced unrivaled wines in the Valley.

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