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Shari and Dean Derby

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Walla Walla, Washington, United States

  • Activities

    Sightseeing, Walking Tour

  • Guiding Experience

    29 years

  • Languages


Guide Bio

Shari and Dean Derby are the owners of Spring Valley Vineyard. The history of the winery dates back to mid 1800′s when Shari Derby’s grandfather Uriah Corkrum started farming in the area. Despite his success in farming in the 1880′s, Uriah lost everything in the first great depression of 1893. Nonetheless, he acquired the land now known as Spring Valley in 1910. Shari and Dean planted their first grapes at Spring Valley in 1993. The first bottled vineyard wines were produced with the 1999 vintage. Their son, Devin Corkrum Derby, joined the business as a winemaker until his sudden death in 2004. Since then, Devin’s assistant and friend, Serge Laville, has been a winemaker to continue the legacy of Spring Valley Vineyard.

Shari and Dean will always greet you like old friends.  Their property is lovely and with the spirit of past generations that are commemorated on their wine labels. You will feel comfortable during your wine tasting with these friendly couple.


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