Jeff and Sheila Jirka are the owners of Davenport Cellars.
While their backgrounds are both in Information Technology, they discovered a passion for wine in the 90s. Through their jobs they were able to spend extended periods of time in Australia and Europe. During these trips they tasted wine and learned about local vineyard and winery practices which further fueled their passion. When deciding what they wanted to do when they retired, owning a winery was an obvious choice.
Jeff and Sheila founded Davenport Cellars in 2006 and began their first commercial vintage in 2007. Davenport was Sheila’s maiden name and since there are no male heirs in her family, they decided to name the winery after her family to carry on the name.
The 2007 vintage consisted of only red wines, made from Bordeaux varieties – Cab, Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. They also produced a Syrah. In 2008 they decided to focus on the Bordeaux varieties and dropped the Syrah from their program. They added a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend and a Cabernet Franc Rose.
In 2009 they added a barrel fermented Semillon, and in 2010 a Fume Blanc.
Sourcing fruit from some of the top vineyards in Washington has enabled Davenport Cellars to begin producing award winning wines with their first vintage. Their 2007 Syrah for example, was named one of Washington’s Top 100 Wines in 2010 by Paul Gregutt.
Using a minimalist approach to winemaking, Davenport Cellars is committed to producing high quality, affordable wines.