Zefina Winery

206-728-9063 600 University Street, Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98102
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Rob Chowanietz, a native of British Columbia, began his career in winemaking at Canoe Ridge Vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington in 1996 under the careful guidance of John Abbott. His first harvest was an eye-opening experience and John’s passion for fine wine was infectious. Rob was hooked. Passionate about all aspects of winemaking, Rob’s educational background is a mix of science and agriculture. He studied health science at Walla Walla College, took courses in wine microbiology from Washington State University, and studied winemaking at the University of California at Davis. In the past, he has served as consulting winemaker for Washington Vintners, LLC where he led his winemaking team in successfully producing the inaugural vintage for the multi-million dollar start-up winery in downtown Walla Walla. Prior to that role, he honed his skills as cellar master for the famed Woodward Canyon Winery and production supervisor for Canoe Ridge Vineyard, both located in the Walla Walla Valley. The opportunity Read more »

Varietals Produced by Zefina Winery View all

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Zefina Zinfandel Columbia Valley Alder Ridge Vineyard 2002


    Opened this bottle about 2 weeks ago. Then put what was left in my fridge with a glass cork and forgot about it until this evening. I pulled it out not knowing if it held up. And boy did it ever hold up! I'm not a big fan of Zins but today this is so delicious. I made myself a good hearty pasta with red sauce and usually I'll throw a bit of red ... Read More

    Wine review by astrokmb

  • Zefina Serience White 2006


    We found this at a discount store in Minnetonka Mn for $5. Sold out i less than a week. No wonder. It was a steal . A very nice one at the regular price. I would buy in a heartbeat Read More

    Wine review by chelmen

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