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Thomas O'Neil Cellars - A Tri-Cities, WA Winery

DSC04325The Tri-Cities, WA winery is owned by Tom O’Neil, who moved to Washington from Michigan to follow his dream of becoming a winemaker.  Tom’s interest in wine was sparked when his dad brought home a bottle of Chateau Lafite that had been given to him as a gift. They both enjoyed the wine but wondered why it cost $35, an expensive bottle at the time. As a junior in high school, during a school-sponsored trip to Spain, Tom’s love for wine grew and he began to realize why people really got into this stuff.

Wine wasn’t always in the forefront of his life though. He went to school at Western Michigan University earning a degree in business administration.  After graduation, Tom went to work as a technical writer for many years.

After graduating, he received an internship with Chateau Ste. Michelle and then became an assistant winemaker at Milbrandt Vineyards in the Wahluke Slope A.V.A.  The entrepreneurial bug bit him in early 2010 and Thomas O’Neil Cellars was born.