Lost River Winery

In 1994, John Morgan and Barbara House were looking for a change. A civil engineer for Whatcom County (John) and an emergency room nurse (Barbara), were feeling the pressure of city life and wanted to slow things down a little.  So they headed east over the North Cascades to find just that. When they discovered the Methow Valley, and the Lost River area near Mazama in particular, they knew their search was over.

John and Barbara had always been travelers and wine enthusiasts.  John had already dabbled in home winemaking. They decided to make the dream of doing what they enjoyed doing and living where they wanted to live come true—and Lost River Winery was born.

The winery opened in 2002 and its first vintages of Cabernet, Merlot and Semillon received accolades throughout the state and in Wine Spectator. Praise continues for many of their blends.



“We are the Methow and the Methow is us.” 


Lost River Winery focuses on wines of the highest value. In the spirit of the Methow, the wines are both high quality and down to earth. One of Lost River’s goals is to demystify wine for the general public. Another is to make excellent wines with lower mark-ups compared to wines of equivalent quality.

“Another thing that sets Lost River wines apart is our sense of place… we are in a unique location. We are the Methow and the Methow is us,” says Liam Doyle, son of Barbara House and an integral part of the Lost River team. Lost River Winery encourages this sense of location by regularly donating for community events and through the creation of their Community Red, whose proceeds are dedicated to local non-profits.

Lost River wines are available at retail locations in the Methow and elsewhere, and at their tasting rooms in the Methow Valley (26 Highway 20, just west of Winthrop) and Seattle (2003 Western Ave., one block north of Pike Place Market).

For more info, please visit their website!