About Us

Celebrating the soloist in each single varietal wine.

Owner Bryan Otis in the Tenor vineyards

In music, the tenor is most often a soloist, the one who stands alone in the limelight. They represent the starting point—the truest note—from which all other vocal ranges are measured. We founded Tenor in 2007 because we believe every grape has its own voice, and we wanted to give each varietal a chance to stand alone and reveal its true character.

We produce limited releases of 100% single varietal Washington wines. In the U.S., the wine laws allow wine producers to blend up to 25% of any additional varietals in a particular wine, without disclosing it to the consumer. Our desire was to start a winery who's sole intention was to provide our fans a pure wine experience with each one of our wines; this is the reason we guarantee every vintage of Tenor will always be 100% of the varietal on the label. Producing single varietal wines that can stand confidently beside premium wine blends requires an exceptional dedication at every step in the process, and a true love for the craft of winemaking. Every bottle walks a razor’s edge between boldness and balance.

Our standard is to deliver a benchmark experience with each one of our varietals. We've honed our vineyards and winemaking process to ensure each varietal and vintage is showcased in a way that delivers a pure wine experience. This mission to deliver a complete expression of grape, place, and vintage in each bottle means the number of cases we produce each year is extremely limited; only 150 - 250 cases of each wine are made annually. We do our very best to work with our Mailing List and Wine Club members to ensure they can secure the wines, and after that, the wines are placed in the caring hands of selected restaurants and wine shops.

All of our wines are made in our state of the art wine making facility in Walla Walla, Wa. We invite you to join our Mailing List or Wine Club and celebrate the soloist in each one of our wines.

Meet the team

Winemaker
Aryn Morell
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Aryn grew up in Western Washington and left to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He originally went for the golf program but ended up studying Chemistry. Looking to continue that path as a career in Chemical Engineer, he spent a weekend in Napa Valley, where his brother—along with several good meals and good bottles of wine—convinced him to come put his skills to use in the wine industry. Aryn began his winemaking career in Napa Valley in late 2003. He spent time at Golden State Vintners, Edgewood Estates, and Silver Oak. He then founded his own company through which he personally assisted at wineries such as Joseph Phelps, Quintessa, Hartwell, Chimney Rock, Caldwell Vineyards, Vineyard 29, Chappellet, Rutherford Hill, Spring Mountain Winery, Stags Leap Winery, Turnbull, and countless others. This gave Aryn first hand experience with all the different elements that go into the production of superb wines.
When an opportunity arose to move his wife and young family back home to Washington state, he jumped at it. His passion for turning Washington State grapes into world class wines began at Matthews Winery in Woodinville in 2007. While assessing the high quality of the harvest in 2007, Aryn noticed that several varietals were standing out as soloists, and approached the Otis family, owners of Matthews winery, about the possibility of creating another brand focusing entirely on 100% single varietals. Thus, Tenor was born. Aryn continues to produce wines at Tenor that are known for their complexity, elegance, and honest expression of Washington State terroir.
National Sales & Marketing Manager
Eric Swikard
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Eric joined the Tenor family in 2011 and is responsible for Tenor wine sales to wholesale and distribution accounts nationally.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Eric grew up with a taste for fresh cuisine and Napa-style wines. With a food and wine backbone, Eric decided to attend the New England Culinary Institute’s (N.E.C.I.’s) Hospitality & Restaurant Management program in Burlington, Vermont, and he graduated from the accelerated Bachelors program with nine other graduates.
Eric honed his skills in food and beverage and began to appreciate wines outside of Napa Valley. He had the rare opportunity to study under Dellie Rex, co-author of the acclaimed book "About Wine," who was the first to introduce him to the true potential of Washington wines.
After completing the N.E.C.I. program, Eric moved back to California to help open Decanter Restaurant & Wine Lounge in Rancho Santa Fe. Here, he worked under owner/sommelier Jayson Knack who encouraged Eric to pursue his passion for wine by attending the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory program, which he did.
In the fall of 2009, Eric moved to Seattle to work for one of Seattle’s top restaurateurs, Eric Banh of Monsoon Restaurants. He took the position of the Wine Director and received recognition for his wine program from the Washington Wine Commission. Shortly after, he joined the team at Tenor, where his expertise in sales and marketing and his understanding of what it takes to create truly great food brands has helped the winery reach new audiences and new levels of success.


For inquires regarding Tenor distribution, contact Eric at eric@vin2uwinegroup.com

Owner
Bryan Otis
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