Luke Bradford started COR Cellars in 2005. A native New Yorker, Luke moved to Washington for college at Evergreen, to study sustainable agriculture and political ecology. A trip to Italy to visit family led to a year-long internship in 2000 at Tenuta di Trinoro, in the Val d’Orcia in southern Tuscany, followed by an additional six month harvest job in 2002 at Passopisciaro on Mt Etna in Sicily. Luke then returned to Washington and went to work as assistant winemaker for Wind River Cellars and Syncline Wine Cellars in the Columbia Gorge, while concurrently launching COR from a property he purchased in 2003 in Lyle, WA. COR is now run by Luke, his wife Meg and a dedicated crew of seven associates. We currently produce about 6500 cases annually.
The COR portfolio represents the far eastern and western edges of Klickitat County, from warm to cool climate, as it follows along the Columbia River.
From the warm Horse Heaven Hills AVA in the east, they produce:
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Petit Verdot
- Cabernet Franc rosé
In the cooler climate Columbia Gorge AVA in the west, they produce the “mountain” white varietals:
- Tocai Friulano
- Pinot Gris
- Sauvignon Blanc
They also produce two sparkling wines and some carbonic fermented Primitivo and Pinot Noir from the Gorge AVA.