Gig Harbor Wine Co. announces new tasting room
By Jillian Chandler
Photo by Lauren Cross Photography
“While we both currently hold full-time jobs, our passion lies in the wine industry,” Robin Egeland smiles. “We love being surrounded by people, whether it's hosting a dinner party, traveling to fun destinations, or simply meeting new people—it’s part of the reason why we decided to start Gig Harbor Wine Co. winery. It's not just about the wine itself, but the people you get to meet along the way. We've known for years that we wanted to have our own wine label. What we didn't know is that we would also embark on opening our very own winery and tasting room!”
Robin and husband Ben established Gig Harbor Wine Co. in 2021 with their online bottle sales. Next on the horizon? Opening their brick-and-mortar tasting room in the heart of Gig Harbor—with plans to open the doors to the community early this year. Customers will be treated to a welcoming, relaxing and intimate space, with seating for 22 guests, where they can stop in after work with friends or colleagues, or bring the kids along for a family outing. “We want everyone who walks through our door to feel like they are part of our close family; a place where they know the minute that they walk in that they already can't wait to come back,” Robin smiles. Wines will be available by the glass, bottle and flights. Small snacks will be served as well, such as popcorn, nuts and olives, as well as ready-to-eat packaged charcuterie and crackers.
“Our winemaker, Aryn Morell (out of Walla Walla), was really one of the deciding factors in opening up a physical space for wine tasting,” Robin reflects. “He's a brilliant mind and has a beautiful way of creating wines that truly represent our tastes. Our wine label and story bring in the small-town vibes with big, bold, flavorful wines from Columbia Valley.”
Due to their love of Gig Harbor and its history, all of their wines are specifically named for something relating to the area and its past—Rooster Race Rosé, Holly King Sauvignon Blanc, Netshed Red Blend, Reserve Silver Glide Syrah and Reserve Sturdy Gertie Cabernet Sauvignon. The back of each bottle shares stories highlighting interesting and fun historical events, places and families. They currently offer five varietals, though Robin notes that they have plans to introduce additional varietals as they open.
At Gig harbor Wine Co., their hope is for their wines to speak for themselves. “We pride ourselves in offering exceptional wines that are bold, complex and make you want to have another glass,” Robin explains. “We believe wine has the power to bring people together; whether it's a celebratory glass, a first date, or simply sharing a bottle with some loved ones. We hope our wine will bring people together in all kinds of ways.”
The couple enjoys attending the many local events Gig Harbor is known for and love getting to know both locals and visitors to the area. “There's nothing better than taking a stroll downtown, checking out local businesses, or a simple picnic in the park with family. We’ve been a part of some local events such as the Sip and Stroll, Maker’s Market and History Rocks events, and we hope to continue to attend these events and grow our relationships within the community. We also strongly believe in supporting local businesses, so we do our best to collaborate as much as possible and support however we can.”
Be sure to follow Gig Harbor Wine Co. on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date details on their grand opening.
Gig Harbor Wine Co.
6745 Kimball Drive, Suite E
Gig Harbor, Washington