The Birth - Chris Gorman descended into the wine business after graduating from university in 1991. Apparently too affected to climb out, he made the best of it. Cutting his teeth on world class Barolo and Barbaresco, he spent 3 years working for a small Italian importer and never looked back. For the next decade, as a main stay in the Seattle wine trade, Chris was lucky to represent some of the finest wines in the world. He traveled extensively in the wine areas of Italy, Spain and Germany. His is a simple philosophy: to make wine, it is imperative to understand it. Those early years found him producing small batch wines, using "stolen fruit" from many of Washington's best vineyards. In 2002, Gorman Winery went commercial.
The Life - Since 2002 the mission was very clear. Make delicious wines. Choose the finest grapes in Washington state, use the finest coopers and suppliers, don't settle, and don't screw up. We have few employees and better yet no Board of Directors. All decision making is very simple. We are currently a 3-man winery, with the additional help of interns for harvest, bottling and partying.
The Death - How does Gorman Winery stay alive and kicking? Quality, quality and more quality! With the prices of super-premium fruit, barrels, glass and stainless steel climbing, it is tempting to look for lesser alternatives. This is not part of the Gorman Winery concept. We remain committed to producing some of the finest wines int he world. Yup...the world. Washington state is more than capable of competing against the finest wines in the world. These are exciting times in Washington state, and we are proud to be a part of it.