aMaurice Cellars is a Walla Walla Valley, Washington State based winery owned by the Schafer family. The winery is dedicated to Maurice Shafer, the father of Tom Shafer who is the general manager and visionary of aMaurice Cellars. The wine making philosophy at aMaurice is to express the true personality of the grapes and to do justice to the fruit. The winery is committed to sustainable agriculture and is a charter member of Vinea - an alliance of Walla Walla wineries and vineyards that adhere to strict guidelines of sustainable viticulture.
The 13 acre vineyard is located upland from Mill Creek, just east of Walla Walla on a south facing slope. With an elevation of 1,400 feet the location allows for long warm summers and cool nights. The vineyard was planted in May 2006 to Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. As of the 2006 vintage the winery is not producing any estate wines. Anna Schafer, winemaker, partner
As one of the founders of āMaurice, Anna has dedicated her time to creating wines with a unique quality. Her talent is her palate and curiosity of winemaking. As a practically trained winemaker, she works both hemispheres to taste wine in the vineyard. She works harvest in Mendoza, Argentina for winemaker Paul Hobbs's Viņa Cobos. Anna brings to the winery a world perspective having visited thirty-six countries. Her favorite wine experience was in the Szechwan province, enjoying her first Tibetan barley wine!