Born to a farming family in Eastern Washington, Founder Casey McClellan learned about agriculture at a young age. Later, Casey and his wife, Vicky, began to cultivate an interest in wine and developed a long-term vision to make wine from the family farm in Walla Walla Valley. They drew further inspiration during a European cycling trip through wine country, where they experienced wine as an integral foundation to these communities and an important, vital part of small-town agricultural life.
In the early 1980s, Casey and his family planted the founding blocks of their future winery, 21 acres of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Eight years later, the McClellans established Seven Hills Winery. Over the past three decades, the winery’s endeavors have continued to reflect an unwavering commitment to creating wines that showcase the distinctive terroir of Walla Walla Valley.
Not only is Casey McClellan a fourth-generation farmer in Eastern Washington, but he also understands the commitment needed to help a community thrive. Over the years, Casey and his wife, Vicky, have promoted a spirit of collaboration, not just between Walla Walla Valley growers and winemakers but within the whole community.
As proprietors of one of the area’s first vineyards, the efforts of Seven Hills Winery have helped strengthen a community that values environmental stewardship to protect the future. For the past 15 years, they have practiced sustainable agriculture in order to be responsible guardians of the land, and currently hold LIVE and Salmon Safe certifications for our estate SHW Founding Vineyard.