Glen Fiona is such a perfect name for a wine brand. Taken from a Gaelic phrase, the name translates into ôValley of Vineö, which is appropriate given that the Glen Fiona winery is located at the heart of Walla Walla Valley in Washington State, USA. First operating in 1994, the winery originally focused on making Rhone-style wines of premium quality. It has since widened its focus to produce wines in the style of Bordeaux. The Glen Fiona wines are of premium quality and this is a fact that can be attributed to the terroir of the Walla Walla Valleys. The fertile grounds and careful management lead to wines of the finest textures that tempt your palate with their unrivaled characteristics. This is a feat that only the first maker of premium Rhone and Syrah wines can promise its customers. The winery itself is not that exclusive and closed; visitors can take a trip to the winery to enjoy amenities and facilities and other features such as wine club, wine tasting, and winery tours. Established in 1994, the winery, however, has not always been known as what it is advertised as these days. The company has a long history.
There were 5 original owners in a company named the Blue Mountain Cellars. Although it is unclear when the change of name took place, by January 1998, two of the original owners were bought out. The company produced their first vintage wine in 1995 at the facilities of the Waterbrook Winery and all of their wines would have been made at the carriage house since 1996. The wine brand had been bought out by Silver Lake in October 2004. And the historic side of the winery does not stop right there.
One of the original owners is Rusty Figgins, the little brother of Gary Figgins of the Leonetti Cellar. It can be said that whereas his older brother is thriving on making wines based on their familys half Italian heritage, Rusty chose to go at the other half of their heritage, which is Irish. It all circles around back to the name of the brand. Obviously, by choosing a Gaelic phrase for the brand, the owner wished to pay homage to this particular half of their family heritage. The Figgins family has a long history in winemaking. The grandfather of the two owners of respective famous wineries was an Italian immigrant who produced wine.