Lover’s of food and wine, John and Helen were delighted with the Pacific Northwest’s abundant culinary scene and expressive wines. Washington’s Wine Industry, barely on the map in the world of wine, showed great promise to John. As a visionary, he could see a bright future for our region and decided that he must realize that potential by making wines that could reach everyone’s dinner table.
Shortly thereafter, John purchased our one hundred and sixty acre estate vineyard in the charming town of Prosser and the heart of Yakima Valley. John sought the help of experts and he and Helen carefully hand-selected Kestrel View Estate for her quality vinifera grapes. He and Helen named their vineyard Kestrel View Estates for the native sparrow hawk that endeared itself to them.
In 1995 Kestrel produced their first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. John’s vision came to life. Every grape that is hand-picked from our vineyard is intended to go into our Reserve and Winemaker’s Select Series with little waste. This system allows us to craft wines in a multi-tiered system so that we may bring great wines to your table, every day. Our Falcon Series wines are representative of John Walker’s vision.
Today, John is survived by his vivacious daughter Cindy Crowley. John would be proud of his daughter, as well as our creative team for continuing his legacy. From our vineyard to your table, Cheers!