Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley
Year founded:
Alex & Jeannette Golitzin
Paul Golitzin

Basic Info

Family owned and operated, winemaking runs deep in our veins. Our founder, Alex Golitzin – American spelling – is a descendent of Prince Lev Sergeevich Galitzine, the acclaimed winemaker to Russian Czar Nicholas II's Abrau Dursau estate, as well as the Massandra and Novy Svet sparkling wine estates. Prince Lev Galitzine is the most famous figure among all those who were involved in the development of Russian winemaking and was dubbed "the creator of Russian champagne". At the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Alex's parents fled for their lives to Paris where Alex was born. In 1946, after WWII, Alex and his family emigrated to San Francisco, California. Throughout his youth, Alex regularly visited Napa Valley and his maternal uncle, André Tchelistcheff, legendary Napa Valley winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard, who is known as the "Dean of American Winemaking". In 1967, Alex and his wife Jeannette moved the family to Washington State where he worked as a chemical engineer. Quilceda Creek was established in 1978. The winery's first vintage was in 1979, making Quilceda Creek one of the oldest, family-owned and controlled wineries in the State of Washington. Paul Golitzin joined his father as winemaker in 1992 and now directs all aspects of vineyard management and winemaking. With a gifted palate and a no-compromise commitment to quality, Paul focused the winery's attention on its greatest assets: the vineyards of the Columbia Valley. Paul's vision catapulted the wines to a new level of excellence.