Dan Wampfler

(509) 420-0070
Brief info

Daniel Wampfler is Abeja’s head winemaker and general manager. He is responsible for winemaking and oversees vineyard operations, including management of Abeja’s Heather Hill and Mill Creek estate vineyards.

Prior to joining Abeja, Dan spent eight years as head winemaker for Dunham Cellars where he managed all aspects of grower relations and of winemaking. He came to the Walla Walla Valley after five years with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates where he worked first as a research enologist, then as a red winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate Winery, and later for Columbia Crest.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan holds a Master of Science in enology from Michigan State University. In addition to making Abeja’s wines, Dan is winemaker for actor Kyle MacLachlan’s Pursued by Bear label, a position he has held since 2008. He shares winemaking responsibilities at Abeja with his wife Amy Alvarez-Wampfler.

Abeja was founded in 2000 with the goal of growing and producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.