Warr-King Wines is a true boutique winery located in the heart of the Woodinville warehouse district in Washington state. We were founded in 2013 by Lisa Warr-King Packer to highlight the uniqueness of Washington wine. We embrace vintage variation, with each vintage a reflection of the vineyard, region and year.
We take a minimalist approach to winemaking. We believe in letting the wine be the wine it’s going to be. Washington State offers a unique and distinct terroir that allows many varietals to thrive in its varied soils, creating fruit that evinces a sense of place. This terroir creates bold, structured wines; fruit forward flavors and elegant finishes. We value our relationships with growers and we honor their efforts by producing unique, delicious wines that represent their hard work.
We intend to stay small and stay focused, offering a limited production of carefully crafted, quality wines to be enjoyed on any occasion.
MEET OUR TEAM
Lisa Warr-King Packer | Owner/Winemaker
After spending 20 years in the high tech marketing world, Lisa was ready to move in a new direction.
As a lifelong gourmet who developed a taste for Oregon’s earthy Pinots in her college days, she had a great interest in wine. With prodding from a friend, she took a few classes at Lake Washington Tech. One class led to another and more classes led to an internship at Patterson Cellars. One harvest and she was hooked.
Lisa completed the Wine Technology Program at Lake Washington Technical College and then a two-year certification program in Enology from Washington State University.
She spent two years with Patterson Cellars learning the business and making a bit of her own wine in collaboration with John Patterson. She spent a harvest at Chateau Ste. Michelle learning how to make white wines on a large scale. Yearning to get back to the fruit and the hands-on experience, she decided to make a go of it on her own and Warr-King Wines was launched.
In Lisa’s spare time she enjoys entertaining, traveling and drinking wine with friends and family.
Duane Bender | Assistant Winemaker
Duane has been involved in the Washington State wine industry for nearly 20 years, working as a cellar rat at a winery in Eastern Washington. In 2010, he began his formal winemaking education at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, which led to certificates in winemaking from UC Davis and Washington State University.
When not at the winery, he can be found restoring classic cars at his business, Vintage Motorworks, in Kirkland, Washington.
John World | Cellar Manager
John’s roots are in his family’s vineyard in New York’s Finger Lakes wine region. After several years of making wine in his garage, he joined Lisa and Duane in 2011 to make wine at a Woodinville winery. He continues to make wine on a modest scale.
John also makes Shivoo Fine Chocolates. When he’s not at the winery or creating chocolates, John is busy at his mini-farm.