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As a founder of Seven Hills Winery, Casey McClellan has earned a reputation as a visionary winemaker who has championed the diversity of the Northwest’s most renowned appellations and vineyards. Recognized for developing a portfolio of benchmark Washington State wines—with an emphasis on Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux red blends—Casey has established a storied wine program known for its character and focus. Casey was born and raised in Walla Walla. A fourth-generation farmer, he started working wheat and pea harvests at age 14, and in 1982, he joined his father in planting Seven Hills Vineyard. Among the first vineyards in the appellation, Seven Hills played an important role in shaping the viticultural destiny of the valley. It has since emerged as one of the Northwest’s most respected viticultural areas. In 1988, Casey and his wife Vicky founded Seven Hills Winery together, becoming the fifth winery of the appellation. Now in his third decade as the winemaker of Seven Hills Winery, Casey has built a family of wines that powerfully express the abundant opportunity and rich creativity of growing and winemaking in the Pacific Northwest.