Casey McClellan - Founder and Winemaker
A fourth-generation farmer, Casey was raised in Walla Walla, Washington, and started working in agriculture in the seventh grade. In 1982, he joined his father in planting the now-famous Seven Hills Vineyard. Inspired by this experience, Casey went on to earn a Masters of Science with a focus on enology from UC Davis, and in 1988, he and his wife, Vicky, founded Seven Hills Winery.
Since then, Casey has helped to champion the diversity of the Northwest’s most renowned appellations and vineyards, and has earned a reputation as one of the region’s most knowledgeable and respected winemakers.
At the same time, he has developed an acclaimed style notable for its seamless balance between structure and grace. Reflecting unique terroirs and highlighting restrained oak, bright acidity and pure varietal flavors, Casey’s wines are recognized as benchmarks for Washington State winemaking. With an emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux-varietal red blends, Casey has built a storied wine program that has been praised for its character and quality, while establishing Seven Hills as one of Walla Walla Valley’s preeminent wineries.
Vicky McClellan - Founder
Vicky focuses her energies on customer relations, the consumer experience, and business affairs. From the design of Seven Hills Winery’s elegant tasting room to staff training, winery events and marketing materials, Vicky works to create a guiding sensibility—both aesthetic and personal—that authentically reflects our winery and its wines. Just as important, Vicky tastes every Seven Hills Winery blend from every vintage, offering her insights, and adding her expansive understanding of Washington wine to the blending process. In addition, Vicky is a knowledgeable advocate on behalf of the broader Washington State winemaking community.
Julie Titus - Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager
Our friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff is led by Julie Titus, who has been with us since 2007. Originally from North Carolina, Julie has been in the wine industry for almost a decade. Whether greeting first-time visitors in our inviting Walla Walla tasting room, or hosting special events for longtime Barrique Society wine club members, Julie brings an unparalleled level of warmth, charm and hospitality to her role as our tasting room and wine club manager.
Tyler Tennyson - Assistant Winemaker
A native of Washington State, our Cellarmaster Tyler Tennyson graduated from Walla Walla’s Institute of Enology and Viticulture in 2011. His skill set includes four years of hospitality experience at the venerable Four
Seasons in Seattle while working his way through the University of Washington, commercial real estate appraisal, and an astute understanding of moving parts and large vehicles. Tyler’s sense of adventure and irrepressible good humor
make him the ideal person to assist Casey in our cellar.