The children of Henry Shaw and Earl West would form a union. They would bring together two deep-rooted Washington State families and two powerful regions in Washington State, Red Mountain and Walla Walla.
Dick Shaw, son of Henry and Pearl Shaw of Tacoma, would follow his parent’s path of hard work and entrepreneurship. After being involved in many prominent businesses in Washington State, Dick planted 100 acres of vines near Mattawa in 1981.
Wendy West Shaw’s father, Earl West was a graduate of Washington State College – now Washington State University at Pullman. Wendy enjoyed the outdoors and would spend time with her father hiking, fishing and camping.
Dick and Wendy met and together they planted 300 acres of vines, as well as Wendy started her harvesting business. The Shaws now own 2200 acres planted in eastern Washington, which include about 420 acres on Red Mountain AVA. Their vineyards include partnerships with Quintessence and Obelisco Vineyards, also on Red Mountain.
In 2014, Dick and Wendy brought their love of Washington’s wines to the heart of downtown Walla Walla in the historic 1879 Kennedy building. It was there they opened Henry Earl Estates to honor their fathers, Henry and Earl, two significant men in their lives.