In 1999, Craig and Vicki Leuthold established Maryhill Winery and set out to produce premier wines in the Columbia River Gorge.

Our Winery


Named the 2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest, Maryhill Winery is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Goldendale, Washington. Maryhill is perched on the northern side of the Columbia River, against the stunning backdrop of Mt. Hood, in the Southern tip of the Columbia Valley.

The area surrounding Maryhill Winery is steeped in rich history – from the Great Missoula floods which created a terroir perfect for growing grapes through its deep, relatively low nutrient and well drained deposits to the entrepreneurial spirit of millionaire attorney and road pioneer, Sam Hill who sought to create an independent farming community named after his wife, Mary, and in turn, built what is now the home to a world-class cultural institution known as the Maryhill Museum.

In 2000, construction began on the winery production facility and tasting room just west of Maryhill Museum. In May 2001, Maryhill Winery opened its doors as a true destination winery and is now known for its diverse portfolio of exceptional quality and affordable wines, as well as the stunning landscape, a world-class summer concert series and tournament-quality bocce courts.  In 2012, the expansion of the winery to include an exclusive Reserve Tasting Room was completed to showcase library, small-lot varietals and blends and single-vineyard wines.

Today, Maryhill is one of Washington state’s largest and most-visited wineries. The winery draws more than 75,000 guests to Maryhill annually, while the region offers warm summer days, year-round appeal and excellent winemaking and continues to gain recognition as an emerging wine destination.

Our Owners


Maryhill’s site has always been rich with history and potential, but it took the vision of Craig and Vicki Leuthold to turn it into a destination winery. Nearly a century after Sam Hill founded the Maryhill community, in 1999 Craig and Vicki channeled the same entrepreneurial spirit and set out to fulfill their dream of producing premier Washington wines.  Originally hailing from Spokane, Washington, Craig, a business graduate from Washington State University, and Vicki, who was born into an entrepreneurial family, saw great potential for a winery in the Columbia River Gorge.

In 2000, the Leutholds began construction on their winery production facility and tasting room just west of Maryhill Museum on a bluff overlooking Gunkel Vineyard, one of the state’s oldest and most established vineyard sites. The Gunkel family has successfully farmed the fertile lands surrounding Maryhill for three generations, growing world-class wine grapes used by the Leutholds and many other Washington state wine producers today.  

Craig is a Board Member of the Washington Wine Institute and previous Board Member of Wine America.

Winemaking

Maryhill Winery produces 80,000 cases annually, partnering with 13 growers and 24 unique vineyard locations in 8 of Washington State’s 14 major American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), making it a true representation of the state’s wine. Throughout the year, Winemaker Richard Batchelor works closely with local growers to collaborate on growing practices. During harvest Batchelor frequently visits each vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness - determining the  precise moment to handpick each varietal.

Maryhill is known for its use of a wide variety of grapes to create truly affordable and approachable wines, which showcase the impeccable technique and artistry of the growers who produce them. Batchelor’s passion, skill and discipline as a winemaker has been widely celebrated, but he humbly claims that a major factor in what comes out of the bottle is what is delivered from each vineyard.

As a fully functoning winery, Maryhill includes a state of the art bottling line and processing facility, a fully-staffed professional laboratory, a barrel room which houses 2,000 90%+ French oak barrels, a crossflow filter and glycol heating and cooling on all tanks.  Maryhill employs a permanent cellar staff of 9 including the winemaker, cellar supervisor, an Enologist, as well as a lab assistant and cellar staff.  During harvest, Maryhill’s staff increases to 18, including international interns and seasonal crew.

Our Winemaker


Highly acclaimed winemaker Richard Batchelor has an extensive knowledge of viticulture and a passion for making amazing wine full of intense flavor and complexity.

Richard Batchelor is a highly acclaimed winemaker with an extensive knowledge of viticulture and a passion for making amazing wine full of intense flavors and complexity. Joining Maryhill Winery in June of 2009 to continue the team’s tradition of crafting award-winning wine, he is responsible for directing all production activities at the winery, including winemaking, bottling, vineyard & grower relations and harvest coordination.

Throughout his tenure at Maryhill Winery, Batchelor and his team have developed a winemaking portfolio that sources from nearly every major American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Washington State. He has received numerous accolades for his wines, including most recently earning 2015 Winery of the Year from Wine Press Northwest and 2014 Winery of the Year from San Francisco International Wine Competition. In addition, Batchelor was awarded 2013 Winemaker of the Year by Indy International Wine Competition.

Previously, Batchelor was head winemaker at Hall Winery in St. Helena, California, where he produced a number of award-winning wines. He also previously served as the enologist and lab director at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Santa Rosa, and while back in his native New Zealand, worked at Sherwood Estate and Seifried Estate wineries. Batchelor holds a postgraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology, as well as a Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University in Christchurch.