About Us

About Us

Meet the Team

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Mike Pearson

OWNER, VINEYARD DIRECTOR

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Melissa Sanborn

OWNER, WINERY DIRECTOR

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Jon Harding

SALES DIRECTOR, ASSISTANT WINEMAKER

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Sarah Smith

JULIAETTA TASTING ROOM MANAGER, CHEF

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Chelsie Henson

WINE CLUB ADMINISTRATOR & OFFICE MANAGER

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Josh Larson

MOSCOW TASTING ROOM & HATTABAUGH HOTEL MANAGER

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Di Bourdreau

MOSCOW TASTING ROOM

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Rachael Kirkland

ENOLOGIST, VINEYARD MASTER

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Jim Judd

INFRASTRUCTURE MASTER

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Reece Ireland

VINE TENDER

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Wes & Carol Sanborn

THE GLUE

Our History

1980s
1990s
1994-2007
2007
2008
2009
2012
2009-2014
2011-2012
2014-2015
2015-2018
2021

1980s

The first vines of Colter’s Creek were planted by property owner Larry Spencer, who subsequently produced wine from the grapes. Spencer planted 5 acres of Chardonnay, White Riesling, and Rkatsiteli cultivars.

1990s

New property owners Larry Kornze and Sherman Stapleton plant 3 acres of Bordeaux grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

1994-2007


The vineyard is essentially abandoned for a decade.

2007

A weekend drive past the abandoned vineyard leads to the purchase and establishment of Colter’s Creek along the Potlatch River. 2007-2008 are spent resurrecting the vines to fruitfulness.

2008

First vintage from various Northwest vineyards.

2009

First commercial harvest at Colter’s Creek.

2012

Colter’s Creek Winery receives its first 90 point wine from a major publication. The 2010 Riesling is awarded 90 points and a ranking of 72 in the top 100 value wines of 2012. Wine Enthusiast - 2012.

2009-2014

Mike and Melissa continue to plant vines at the original Potlatch River site, increasing the vineyard size to 28 acres and 19 cultivars.

2011-2012

Purchase of the historic Pharmacy building, built in 1902, in Juliaetta. Tasting room and restaurant opens in 2012.

2014-2015

The vineyard expands with the purchase of the Arrow Junction vineyard site. It is planted entirely in Syrah, bringing the vineyard size to 33 acres.

2015-2018

Purchase and remodel of the historic Hattabaugh building, built in 1892, in Moscow, Idaho. Tasting room opens in 2018.

2021

The Hattabaugh Boutique Hotel opens above the Moscow tasting room.

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