About Us

Butch Milbrandt Jerry Milbrandt

Co-Owner        + Butch’s bio

Co-Owner        + Jerry’s bio

Milbrandt Vineyards was founded in 1997 by Butch and Jerry Milbrandt. Building on four generations of farming heritage, Butch and Jerry took a leap from potato and apple farming to grow world-class vineyards, and ultimately opened a winery. Pioneers of the Columbia Valley wine regions, Butch and Jerry saw potential in the land and resources of Eastern Washington. They took a risk in planting grapes and soon became recognized for helping establish two of the top AVAs in the state: Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope.

Be it innovation, determination, or sheer grit, the Milbrandts have never shied away from a challenge and that persistence is reflected in the quality of their wines. Now a multi-generation owned and operated family winery, Milbrandt Vineyards remains a symbol of perseverance and reward. The wines are crafted to be enjoyed on any occasion, whether it’s following a long day’s work or a once in a lifetime celebration.

The Milbrandt Family brings an adventurous spirit and lifestyle to winemaking that is captured in each bottle. They are bold, innovative and fun; removing the stigma premium wines are often associated with and creating an opportunity for all to connect and participate.

Emily Haines
Emily HainesDirector of Winemaking

Milbrandt Vineyards recently promoted 33-year old Emily Haines as Head Winemaker, making her one of the youngest winemakers to oversee a large winery producing over 40,000 cases.

It’s apropos farming pioneers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt, considered forefathers of Washington Wine Country, put faith and confidence in a charismatic multi-tattooed Millennial. The winery owners say that while narrowing the generational gap is exciting for their brand, the decision was based on Emily’s talent and drive than age.

“Emily joined our team in 2009 and she was immersed in this brand since day one, always asking for more and more responsibility,” said winery owner Butch Milbrandt.

“She has the experience and passion to take on a portfolio of over 20 varietals. She takes risks while creating unique opportunities for all to connect to our wines, whether it’s a premium single vineyard or an inviting wine of value.”

Haines, a certified live music fanatic and homebrew artisan, who grew up in a “dry” household just minutes from what would become the Woodinville Wine District. She attended Eastern Washington University where she graduated with a double major in Biology and Chemistry with emphasis in Biotechnology and Biochemistry.

Haines headed back to Eastern Washington to work the 2008 Harvest at Desert Wind Winery and then in July 2009, accepted a job as Lab Tech and began working closely with then Milbrandt Vineyards winemaker Gordy Hill. She took over white winemaking for the 2011 harvest under the direction of Josh Maloney and has since helped garner 90-plus scores on several wines including the recent Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 The Estates Chardonnay and 2014 The Estates Viognier.

Buck Milbrandt
Buck MilbrandtCo-Owner &
Production Coordinator
Kelly Milbrandt
Kelly MilbrandtCo-Owner &
Brand Ambassador
Tara Divers
Tara DiversTasting Room Manager - Prosser
Stacy Bellew
Stacy BellewPublic Relations