Lighthouse Cellars is a boutique winery founded by Christian and Larisa Whipple dedicated to creating small lots of exceptional wines that guide you to experience a unique and true expression of character from each distinguished vineyard that shines through in every glass.

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Inspiration

Our journey began and the seeds of a growing passion were planted with a once in a life-time adventure around the world a dozen years ago. Experiencing the beauty and simplicity of world-class wine regions, in both the old and the new world, and learning from some of the trusted stewards of these lands was the inspiration to follow a dream and walk down a path less traveled. Lighthouse is also a tribute to family and that inextinguishable light in the darkness that emboldens us to move forward.

Philosophy

The Lighthouse is a beacon of light that shines and draws attention to a specific location. Our wine making philosophy is to produce terroir driven wines from great vineyards that are a pure expression of varietal and site and that guide people to experience time and place through wine.

We believe that great wine begins in the vineyard. That process begins with finding exceptional sites, collaborating with experienced and talented growers, making small lots of wine with great attention but minimal intervention and producing wines that are true to type and site and vintage. We seek to produce wines with great intensity of fruit but with balance which are made to complement food and to be enjoyed no matter the occasion.

Winemaker

Christian’s journey began in the vineyard as all great wines do. He was previously involved with a partnership that developed and owned the U.S.’s largest portfolio of high-end vineyards in California, Oregon and Washington. It was here that Christian first learned about site selection, vineyard development, viticulture and winemaking. Over the last decade, his passion to understand the critical elements of producing great wine led him to pursue extensive coursework study in viticulture, enology as well as complete advanced certifications from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Christian has expanded his winemaking knowledge and further developed his craft by working with and humbly learning from acclaimed winemakers in California and Washington with many decades of experience and wisdom.