Tipsy Canyon - Ground Breaking!
- Published on 2018-07-25 22:21:53
July 24, 2018 was a big day in the life of Mark and Tami Garvin as Tom Allen’s equipment arrived and began breaking ground for their tasting room at Tipsy Canyon, located at 270 Upper Joe Creek Road in Manson, WA.
An amazing engineering project!
Both Mark and Tami worked for the Boeing Company, Mark 31 years and Tami 39, a total of 70 years of faithful employment with a great company. Mark was Program Manager for the Boeing Business Jets program, which took him all over the world and Tami was a finance manager. It was Tami’s love for wine and Mark’s travels for Boeings that peaked their interest in wine and winemaking, especially the two years it took Mark to complete a plane in France. Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France.
Mark has a fantastic display of Boeing airplanes he worked on
Mark and Tami love the Lake Chelan Valley and enjoyed their vacation property in Sun Cove beginning in 2007. They became enthralled with the local winemaking and thought they would enjoy working in a winery when they retired. Around 2010 John Little Sr., owner of Rio Vista Winery in Chelan took Mark under his wing. That year Mark made 30 gallons of wine as a hobby. Compare that to this year’s stats of 28,000 pounds of grapes, which will make 1,500 cases!
Mark and Tami bought their property on Upper Joe Creek Road in 2014, eight acres total and will include three acres in grapes. They retired from Boeings in 2017 and are moving full speed ahead with their winery.
Today’s ground breaking is for their tasting room, designed by Rick Jones. The tasting room will be over 1,500 SF, a beautiful work of art.
I asked Mark why they chose Manson for their winery, Mark said, “We love the scenery in Manson. Sometimes we take a drives trying to get lost to discover new vistas and panoramas. We were able to acquire a piece of land that was ideal for growing grapes and has a spectacular few. It was love at first sight.”
From their tasting room your eyes will be filled with the beauty of Manson
I next asked Mark if he was at all concerned with the number of wineries already in Manson? “I believe the demand for new and different winery experiences will continue to grow. Chelan and Manson are still relatively unknown outside of Washington. Yet, the word is spreading that we have something special and unique here in the valley. Our wineries are generally located on scenic locations or in charming downtown Manson. And if you look at the demographics, the wine consumers range from people in their 20s to 70s. These are the same folks who come to the Chelan Valley to spend time with family and friends, outdoor recreation, and blue skies. The wineries have enhanced their experience and for many, it has now become the reason for their visit.”
Beauty can be found anywhere in Manson
Mark and Tami plan to use their production building, which should open in just a few days for wine tasting until the tasting room is completed. Marks thinks it will be fun for people to follow the construction while enjoying a glass of wine and enjoying the spectactular view.
Production building will serve as their tasting room
Currently Tipsy Canyon is making four reds and two whites, adding a rose next year. Once the tasting room is up and running they will offer the winery for special events and weddings.
Mark and Tami look forward to meeting you on your next wine tasting experience.
By Norm Manly