At Ott & Hunter Wines, we partner with several of Washington’s greatest vineyards to create a small quantity of exceptional blends and single varietal wines. We use traditional French and artisan techniques: cold soaks, co-fermentation at crush, hand punch downs, stem inclusion, sur lie aging & battonage, minimal filtration or fining, and a mixture of neutral and once-used French oak barriques and puncheons.
We handle our wines very lightly during barrel aging, racking only after primary fermentation, occasionally after one year, and again prior to bottling. We favor low oxygen exposure and minimal sulfite additions during to help preserve the wines’ structure and ability to age.
Our Swedish Arts and Crafts inspired winery is designed to optimize its solar exposure with an insulated, passive-solar heated fermentation room. And our cellar employs super-insulation and earth cooling to minimize its energy use. Along similar lines, we are using lighter weight glass for many of our releases, saving resources and energy.