The Bookwalter family roots are deep in agriculture and the Washington wine and viticulture industry. With several of the top vineyard sources in the state and a commitment to excellence in winemaking, Bookwalter winery is positioned to fulfill the growing demand for ultra premium wines from Washington State.


The family agricultural endeavors go back to the 18th century in Europe and have continued since with Jerrold Bookwalter. Jerry graduated from UC Davis in 1963 with a dual degree in Agriculture Economics and Pomology and quickly employed his degree and farming experience in San Jose, California. After managing large corporate farms in the San Joaquin Valley and owning his own farm in Atwater, California, Jerry successfully managed the largest vinifera planting of grapes in Washington State at Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards since early 1976 until 1982 when he started his own agricultural management company and grape brokering business.


Jerry produced his first wines: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Johannisberg Riesling in 1983. By 1984, Jerry began production of the red wines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. By 1985, Jerry’s wife, Jean, took over the operations of the business. Jean’s business skills and Jerry’s innovation, winemaking and vineyard management skills kept the winery operating during the challenging early years in the Washington Wine Industry.


John Bookwalter, the son of Jean and Jerry Bookwalter joined the family winery in October of 1997 after 10 years of a successful career in beverage sales and marketing with Pepsi, Gallo, WinterBrook Beverage Group and the Coors Brewing Company. John is the 10th American generation of Bookwalters to be involved in and around agriculture and has focused his attention primarily on the production of ultra premium red wines.



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For the Trade


White wines

Chenin Blanc 2015

Chenin Blanc 2016

Couplet 2015

Notebook 2012

Riesling 2015

Riesling 2016

Readers Chardonnay 2016


Rosé wine

Scarlet Hexflame 2016


Red wines

Antagonist 2014

Antagonist 2015

Chapter 6  2013

Chapter 7 2014

Conflict 2013

Conflict 2014

Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Foreshadow Merlot 2012

Notebook 8 NV

Notebook 9 NV

Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Readers Merlot 2014

Protagonist 2013

Protagonist 2014

Subplot No. 32 2015

Suspense  Conner-Lee 2014

Suspense Conner-Lee 2015

Volume 4  2014


Sales Kit, Shelf Talkers and Accolades

Sales kit


Scores sheet

2012 Antagonist Syrah 90 points Parker

2012 Chapter 5 92 points Wine Enthusiast

2012 Chapter 5 92 points Parker

2012  Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard, 94 points, Wine Spectator

2012 Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard 92 points Wine Enthusiast

2012 Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard,91 points Parker

2012 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon92 points, Wine Spectator

2012 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points Wine Enthusiast

2012 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points Parker

2012 Foreshadow Merlot 90 points Wine Enthusiast

2012 Protagonist 92 points Wine Enthusiast

2012 Protagonist 91 points Parker

2013 Conflict 90 points Wine  Enthusiast

2013 Foreshadow Merlot 90 points Wine Enthusiast

2013 Protagonist 90 points Wine Enthusiast

2013 Suspense 91 points Wine Enthusiast

2014 Conflict Conner-Lee 93 points Wine Spectator

2014 Protagonist Conner-Lee 92 points Wine Spectator

2014 Chapter 7 94 points Wine Spectator

2014 Readers Merlot 90 points Wine Enthusiast

2014 Suspense 91 points Wine Enthusiast

2014 Volume 4 92 points Wine Enthusiast


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