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Established 2002

After more than 35 years in the business community of Portland, Oregon, Ken and Ginger Harrison decided to embark upon a new adventure. It was Ken’s passion for Cabernet Sauvignon and the climate for growing this varietal that brought the Harrisons to Walla Walla. While Ken pursues his love of wine as grower and producer, Ginger applies her gracious hand to operating their small Inn. Companions in life and work, John Abbott and Molly Galt joined Ken and Ginger in the spring of 2002, completing the partnership. John began his career in the Napa Valley when, straight out of college, he went to work first for Pine Ridge and later for Acacia Winery. In 1994, he and Molly moved to Walla Walla to begin Canoe Ridge Vineyard, where he was the winemaker for nearly ten years and she was in charge of all on-site marketing and public relations.

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2014 Mill Creek Road,
Walla Walla, Washington, 99362


About The Winemaker

John’s professional winemaking career began in 1989, when as a new college graduate, he went to work for Pine Ridge Winery in Napa Valley. He joined Acacia Winery located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. John learned about the Chalone Wine Group’s fledgling project in Washington State called Canoe Ridge Vineyard. Four years later, and after working with the early vintages from the young estate vineyard through frequent visits, John accepted the opportunity to start the estate winery. He moved to Walla Walla, Washington and joined the Washington wine industry in July of 1994. The next phase of John’s winemaking career began in the spring of 2002, when he left Canoe Ridge Vineyard to get back in the cellar. Proud of the success of Canoe Ridge, he was ready to begin again with a new focus and a new approach. It was at this time that John joined forces with his friend, Ken Harrison, and together they founded Abeja. The two men were brought together by a common vision of quality and a passion for Cabernet Sauvignon, the varietal that both men believe will increasingly be recognized as the icon varietal of Washington State.