Basel Cellars Estate Winery

The Estate House which is now Basel Cellars Estate Winery was completed in 1997 as a private home for the original owners who named it Double River Ranch. The home’s 13,800 square foot design is reminiscent of the casual grandeur found in American Lodges such as Timberline or Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite.

Our History…

Basel Cellars Estate Winery had its beginnings in 2002. When the opportunity presented itself, local grape grower Greg Basel purchased the Estate House and the surrounding 85 acre Double River Ranch. He saw in this site two vital components to creating an estate winery. The first:  nature. The rich soil and the hilltop position between Yellowhawk Creek and the Walla Walla River made for the perfect vineyard site.

Our Wine…

The second:  a manmade, 9600 sq. ft., temperature controlled, subterranean structure (now referred to by the team as the “batcave”) which had previously housed a car collection.  The underground space was as perfect for winemaking as the caves of France! Plus, the idea of using the beautiful Estate home as a tasting room added to the appeal.  And so, Basel Cellars Estate Winery was born when the Basel family began producing high caliber wines and transformed the stately lodge at the top of the hill into a wine country destination and event venue for many others to enjoy.

New Beginnings…

In 2004 the Basels invited Steve and Jo Marie Hansen, acquaintances from their earlier careers, to visit and see their young operation with an eye to becoming partners. It was a good match. Steve, a long-time construction manager of major bridge and highway projects in the western US, grew up in a farming family in Yakima and brought an entrepreneurial spirit with him along with a love for the sunny side of the state.  They returned home to Vancouver, WA, thought it over and decided to become 50/50 owners. In 2011, Steve and Jo Marie began transitioning to full ownership of the Ranch and the Estate. They truly enjoy meeting guests and sharing with others the Basel Cellars wines and experiences that have captivated them since their first weekend.