Brook & Bull Cellars is Ashley Trout’s latest winery and is a return to her roots of varietal driven, nuanced, and intricately balanced wines. Sourcing from top vineyard sites, Ashley crafts wines that reflect her palate and can be appreciated now or aged over the next decade. Whether it’s conversation or dinner, these wines will undoubtedly pair well.
Brook & Bull wines are hand-crafted from vine to bottle, made with small fruit lots sourced from carefully tended vineyards . From alcohol to acid, phenolics to tannin, balance is always our goal. Our reds tend to age nicely through year eight, while whites and rosés trend closer to the three to four-year mark.
We are a 2,000-case winery located in the beautiful rolling hills of the Walla Walla Valley, situated on the famed Southside in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. With sweeping views, vineyard vistas and hugged by historic wheat fields, our tasting room is a lovely spot to spend the afternoon. The long days, never-ending sunsets, and cool nights that grace this gorgeous land lend themselves to both legendary grape growing as well as an amazing experience sipping wine on our patio. Join us.
Brook trout, much like winemaker Ashley Trout, are native to the East Coast; whereas bull trout, like our nation’s best wines, thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Both thrive in the harshest of conditions, much like the best wine grapes, Brook & Bull Cellars is the confluence. Welcome to the best of both worlds.
Formally March Cellars, Brook & Bull has been producing wine since 2014. Ashley has been an integral part of the Washington wine community since the 90’s, working at a variety of locations in Walla Walla and South America. This is her third winery. Brook & Bull is the latest and greatest.
Our tasting room is open daily, holidays excluded. Join us at 1249 Lyday Lane Walla Walla, Washington 99362 or call if you have questions at 509-563-2191. We’d love to pour you some wines.
Cheers, The Brook & Bull Crew
ashley trout, owner/winemaker
Brook & Bull is winemaker Ashley Trout's latest project in the Walla Walla Valley. Ashley began her wine making career at 18, following her passions around the world in search of the best ways to combine a love of wine making with a goal for community betterment. She spent the better part of a decade working harvests in Mendoza, Argentina and has been an integral part of the Walla Walla Valley wine scene since 1999.
After an eight year stint at Reininger Winery, she began Flying Trout Wines in 2006 where she focused exclusively on malbec and malbec driven blends. She sold Flying Trout in 2010, staying on as winemaker for another five years with a one-year hiatus to be with her two young children. In 2016 she launched Vital Wines and March Cellars (now known as Brook & Bull).
Our sister winery Vital Winery is a non-profit, with proceeds supporting Walla Walla Valley vineyard and winery workers access to affordable health care. For more information on this label, feel free to visit the VITAL WEBSITE.
Ashley has two children, a wonderful husband, two dogs and now, Brook & Bull Cellars.
Tim Doyle, Associate Winemaker
Tim began working with winemaker Ashley Trout in 2014 and has been the associate winemaker for VITAL Wines since the 2015 vintage and for Brook and Bull starting in 2017. Tim was raised around the wine industry near Woodinville, WA. Tim took the long road back to the wine industry, first pursuing graduate degrees in philosophy, then teaching philosophy and mathematics at UCLA and Whitman College in Walla Walla, where he continues to teach a few courses per year.
KATHRYN KASTRINOS, GENERAL MANAGER
Kathryn joined the Brook & Bull team in April 2019. She came to us from Portland, OR, where she worked with online startups in improving their business management, operations and sales for the last six years.
Ready for a new career and a smaller town, she couldn’t be more excited to be here in Walla Walla and get to integrate her experience into an industry she loves. Having been a club member before joining the team, she proudly stands behind Brook & Bull’s wines.
Kathryn enjoys exploring her new town, getting outside as much as she can and hanging with her dog Porter.
Sammi clute, director of relations
Sammi joined the Brook and Bull team in the fall of 2017 after a stint teaching Outdoor Education in Santa Barbara. She attended Whitman College here in Walla Walla, studying biology with a focus in evolution. Sammi spends her free time exploring the blues, kayaking the Salmon River, and backpacking through the Wallowa Mountains. She has worked for several Walla Walla wineries, and has discovered her passion for helping people find the right wines for any occasion.
Anne Maxham, Customer Relations
Anne joined the Brook & Bull team in July 2018. Hearing of the Vital mission and Ashley’s reputation for delicious wine, Anne became a member of our wine club shortly after moving to Walla Walla in 2017. Vital and Brook & Bull’s tasting room became a familiar “go to” spot with her frequent out of town visitors, and with time Anne made her way behind the bar in the tasting room. Anne brings her enthusiasm for good wine and customer relations to Brook & Bull Cellars and Vital Wines. Also passionate reader, Anne claims there’s nothing better than sitting with a glass of Brook & Bull Chardonnay or Malbec while reading the NY Times Book Review on a Sunday evening.
Ryan Vigil, Customer Relations
Ryan joined the Brook & Bull team in the spring of 2019 after moving to Walla Walla in 2016 to pursue his degree in history. You may know him from the Walla Walla Roastery, where he is cultivating his passion for coffee. Brook & Bull allows him to bridge the gap between coffee and wine, educating those around him about their similarities. Ryan’s passion remains with coffee, however, with a rapidly growing wine industry he has quickly befriended winemakers, viticulturists, and enologists and found a new passion in the world of wine. He enjoys Walla Walla for the amazing coffee, wine, and culture and therefore, he has decided to put himself in the center of each as he networks at Brook & Bull winery by pouring you a glass of Walla Walla’s finest.