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Shirley Puryear

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Zillah, Washington, United States

  • Activities

    Lifestyle, Wine Tour

  • Guiding Experience

    32 years

  • Languages

    English

  • Favorite Trip

    Bonair Wine Tasting

Guide Bio

Shirley Puryear and her husband, Gail, met at Washington State University. They moved to California together to pursue careers as a teacher and a social worker. After years in California, they moved back to Washington where Gail took the job of Principal in the Toppenish School District, and together they planted a vineyard. Shirley and Gail harvested the first grapes in 1984 and started their winery in 1985. They began with Chardonnay, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1992 Gail was able to leave public education and pursued winemaking full-time, until 2007 when the title was turned over to their trusted employee, Bill. Shirley remains CEO and wine Goddess, while Gail is the Vigneron.

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