The Pitch Cabernet, from winemaker and world class mountain climber Chuck Reininger, comes from glacial soils in the Columbia Valley, Washington. Cooler climates and longer growing cycles, produce a full-bodied wine of structure, elegance and depth.
Prior to making high-quality wines in the Walla Walla Valley, Chuck Reininger could be found high atop mountains as a senior climbing guide for a Tacoma based company. When Chuck met and married Tracy Tucker, a Walla Walla native, he hung up his ice axe and moved to the valley to begin a new chapter in his life. Prior to moving to Walla Walla, Chuck helped long-time friends with crush at Waterbrook winery. He began experimenting with home winemaking in 1993 and officially caught the "wine bug." His weekend hobby quickly turned into a dream to produce super-premium wines of his own. From 1997 through 2004, Reininger Winery was located in a small but functional facility located at the historic Walla Walla Regional Airport. The "shack-teau" as Chuck and Tracy fondly nicknamed it, was originally designated as a WWII Army Air Corp runway crash house and base theater where old time crooners and classic films entertained troops. In 2003, Reininger Winery purchased seven acres of land, located six miles west of Walla Walla, adjacent to Highway 12, and began renovating two pre-existing potato sheds into a remodeled 15,000 square foot winery, complete with production facility, administrative offices, and a spacious new tasting room. Knowing that the quality of fruit determines the outcome of the wine Chuck, along with several partners, purchased property in 2000 to plant a vineyard in the Walla Walla AVA. Ash Hollow Vineyard is located several miles west of the city of Walla Walla and is planted with merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah vines.