Leonetti Cellar Collection

Leonetti Cellar is located on the Washington side of the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins, Leonetti was Walla Walla’s first commercial winery. The Figgins family bought the current winery property in 1975 and has since expanded. Leonetti specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese.

For more information, please refer to the Leonetti Cellar website.


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody and Whitman College archivist Melissa Salrin with Gary Figgins of Leonetti Cellar. The interview took place on July 16, 2014 and included topics such as Figgins’s family history as it relates to wine and Walla Walla, his involvement in the creation of the Walla Walla AVA, and the development of Walla Walla over the last century.

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