Owner & Winemaker
About Parejas Cellars
Mark's career started in 1987 as “a hobby that got way out of hand” in the Yakima Valley. He soon discovered a natural talent and passion for winemaking, an ancient blend of art and science. Since the beginning of this journey, he has had the good fortune of working with some of the best vineyards in Washington state.
Mark launched Parejas Cellars in 2007 with the fundamental goal to produce affordable, fun, high-quality wines that partner well with food, family, and friends! Parejas Cellars focuses on the Spanish varietals of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Albarino and Garnacha Blanca. The Wysling label allows me to make single varietals and blends from the southern French grapes grown in Washington state.
Parejas Cellars' initial marketing focus was on independent restaurants and direct to consumers primarily throughout Seattle. After the recent recession, distribution and marketing became more challenging which prompted him to consider opening a tasting room.
Fortunately, a series of lucky circumstances led Parejas Cellars in the direction of the Lewiston Clarkston Valley, an exciting and upcoming American Viticulture Area (AVA) for growing wine grapes. Mark opened a tasting room in downtown Clarkston in a wonderful space perfect for a tasting room, event space, and art/music venue all in one.
Mark's vision and goal are to offer a comfortable, laid-back place to enjoy delicious, high quality wines and small plates of wine-friendly foods, but also encouraging visitors to bring their own fare or order from any of the local restaurants. Local musicians play original music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, local artists are on display, classes on wine and food appreciation and various other art classes are offered to our local community throughout the year.
Various local fundraising events also utilize the facility. The space is available to rent for private functions and group tasting events.
Mark looks forward to being an integral part of the Lewis-Clark Valley community and further defining the possibilities of what can be grown in the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. He is currently working towards developing a custom wine grape processing facility which should help further advance this up-and-coming wine destination area.