Saviah Cellars was founded in 2000 by Richard and Anita Funk in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley of southeastern Washington. For over 20 years, Saviah Cellars has been growing and producing world-class wines that are true expressions of the terroir and unique characteristics of each vineyard. The fruit is sourced mainly from the Walla Walla Valley, including Estate vineyards located in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater.
The winery’s first commercial vintage was just 300 cases, and the winery has since grown to produce an average of 25,000 cases per year. The winery produces a broad portfolio of wines, which consistently receive high accolades. In 2022 and 2009 was named One of the Top 100 Wineries by Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Winemaker Richard Funk and his wife, Anita, both natives of Montana, moved to Walla Walla in 1991. Saviah is a family name from Anita’s great-grandmother, a schoolteacher, artist and author, who settled in western Montana in the early 1900s. The family’s heritage is also reflected in their Star Meadows White Wine, named after the location of the original family homestead; the Une Vallée Red Wine inspired by the current family homestead called “One Valley”; and the Big Sky Cuvée in honor of their Montana roots. THE JACK family of wines, named after Anita’s great-grandfather, has quickly become an iconic brand that over-delivers quality at a friendly price.
In 2001, the Funks formed a special relationship with the Brown family to establish a world-class estate vineyard program. Anna Marie Vineyard was planted in 2001 followed by McClellan Estate Vineyard in 2003, both of which are the primary sources for our Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Dugger Creek Vineyard was planted in 2009 which includes Grenache, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
Watermill Estate Vineyard was planted in 2005, Funk Estate Vineyard in 2007, and Stones Speak Estate vineyard was planted in 2016. These vineyards are located in the southern end of the Walla Walla Valley on the alluvial soils of the ancient Walla Walla Riverbed, commonly referred to as “The Rocks”. These sites are planted with mainly Syrah and smaller blocks of Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Malbec.
Saviah Cellars, located on land bordering the Walla Walla River, is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and scenic views of the Blue Mountains. We offer a variety of wines for every palate and a friendly, knowledgeable staff who take pride in providing a first-class hospitality experience for everyone who comes to see us.