Jason and Jill

Jason Domanico, Winemaker
Growing up in an Italian family, wine was always around. Dinners, special occasions, it was part of the experience; in fact Champagne always put a smile on my moms face. In 1994 at the Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting, Mr. Williams of Kiona, took us to the barrel room and walked us though a few wines. The one that sticks out in my mind was a Chardonnay. As we moved the wine around our mouth Mr. Williams said “do you taste pear”… I did! I was fascinated and have been hooked since. Over the years I have tasted many wines from all over the world, visited many wineries and it seemed like most of my vacations revolved around going to wine regions. Then in 2003 I met a guy at Costco, as I was picking up the last 2 bottles of 2000 Pavie. He asked about the wine and as we chatted (yea I gave him one of them) he mentioned he was a winemaker. The conversation turned from him asking me questions about the Bordeaux to me asking about winemaking. The next thing I knew I was helping out and then all of a sudden I had 1100 lbs of Cabernet. Since then we have made a number of wines and I have volunteered at many wineries doing everything from sorting grapes, to cleaning barrels, to working the bottling line. It is all hard work, but some of the most rewarding I have been involved with. Every fall brings a new excitement and as the grapes start to ripen, new challenges and of course new surprises.

Jill Domanico, “Other duties as assigned” Co-owner
Growing up in Eastern Washington, Jill has always been fond of Washington fruit and wines. However, it wasn’t until living in Yakima that she was exposed to and truly began to appreciate the entire art and process of wine making. Ironically, she and Jason’s second date was attending the ’94 Yakima Barrel tasting. She recalls thinking some day she would love to be in the wine industry; but she never dreamed that day would come when she and Jason would begin their own winery, let along now back living in the heart of the wine region in Washington! While Jill will always retain her position as the stem and sorting queen at the crusher, and “other duties as assigned, she is also using her expertise in the production, distribution and marketing of Domanico Cellars (of course, when she’s not trying to keep Anna, Jason and Jill’s young daughter, out of climbing in the bins of grapes!).  In the Fall of 2012 Jill will also become a winemaker herself – using some of their varietals off of their new vineyard in Prosser.

Anna Domanico, Cellar Rat in Training
Anna is relatively new to wine making, coming on to the scene a few years ago. We had hoped she would quickly fall for wine but from the look on her face when he got her first sip she is still a juice girl. Anna loves to play in the winery while dad works… as long as she gets her own Petzl headlamp, or run through the vineyard with her dog, Tanning. If you meet Anna, she will generally introduce herself as Anna C. Domanico Cellars. She still believes that every kid has their own winery.

Family in Prosser