Anderson Island Vineyards is owned by the husband and wife team of Alan Buckley and Gayle TenBrink. The vineyard became a dream after a visit to the Piedmonte and Tuscany areas of Italy. Or more accurately, it was due to the innocent thoughts of "we could start a vineyard" after an afternoon of drinking too much wine and taking in the local scenery. Upon returning to Puget Sound, we began to research possible grape varieties that would grow and ripen in our Western Washington climate. Information available on the Puget Sound Winegrowers Association website was particularly valuable as was talking to those people already growing grapes in the Puget Sound AVA. The process of starting the vineyard is further explained elsewhere within this website.
So with the vineyard started the next obvious question was: What to do with the grapes? Given that neither of us had ever made wine, or even beer, it seemed logical to jump right in to the idea of having a winery. After all, we had visited many wineries around the country and in foreign lands -- how hard could it be? Conveniently we were in the process of building our house on the island. With a little thought our plans for a detached garage were modified into what could, we thought, work as a winery. Rooms for a lab, small tasting room, and even an actual cellar were added to the build. The enlarged structure also enabled us to add vacation rental within the winery building. It now has a kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs living/bedroom space. You can see and reserve the "Cottage at the Winery" through VRBO and AIRBNB.
The building of what has become the winery was then followed by the purchasing of the various required winery equipment - destemmer, press, fermenting bins, steel tanks, Flextanks, and other miscellaneous items. In addition, other brillant ideas began to come to us - often under the influence of warm sunshine and chilled wine. Why not build a pizza oven? Wouldn't it be nice to plant lots of lavender to look at and possibly sell? Wouldn't an apple orchard compliment the vineyard? What about bees for honey? Should we have weddings here? How about starting a vacation rental? The possibilities went on and on! Unfortunately, Gayle balked at the idea of a combination greenhouse and glass enclosed swimming pool. A hot tub will just have to do.