Our Story

A family operation, from start to finish.

David Huse started Five Star Cellars 2000 as a small winery dedicated to a family approach. The first vintage consisted of 120 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, which quickly doubled the following year with more Cabernet and added Merlot.

After a 2002 remodel and first crush at a larger site, Dave’s son, Matt, took over as winemaker. The family duo started adding in a small amount of Syrah to their growing list of vintages. When the new tasting room opened that year, Dave and Matt released the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, their first sell-out vintage.

Over the years, Five Star’s operation has grown with the Huse family, adding Traci Huse as financial director and wine club manager, Cameron Rushton as assistant winemaker and Lynda Gable as the Woodinville Tasting Room manager. Together, they have never strayed from the winery’s mission to provide high-quality Walla Walla wines to all.

About Our Wine Maker

Matt Huse was born and raised in the Walla Walla Valley. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1996, going on to attend Walla Walla Community College’s Carpentry Program. He worked in the community for three years with a local contractor, where he had the opportunity to work on a few wineries in the valley. Matt decided then that he didn’t want to “pound nails” for the rest of his life, and joined his father Dave in the wine business. He finished his degree in Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College in 2003, and began his life dream of producing Five Star Cellars wine.

It is from the name—Five Star—that Matt and his family developed their dedication to produce high-quality wines. We hope you enjoy our wines and share them with those who inspire you, as we do.

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