The Foundry Vineyards Story
ART + WINE Founders Mark and Patty Anderson focused their vision for Foundry Vineyards around a unique experience that highlights the creative processes of making both art and wine. There is a distinct aesthetic to each aspect of the winery, from the art-driven labels and the gallery-like tasting room to the modern feel of the contemporary sculpture garden and design store.
Foundry Vineyards has deep roots in contemporary art and the Walla Walla Valley. In 1980 Walla Walla natives Mark and Patty opened the Walla Walla Foundry, a contemporary art production facility. Today the Walla Walla Foundry works with hundreds of renowned artists worldwide and has been recognized as one of the premier fine-art casting facilities in the US.
Foundry Vineyards began in earnest in 1998 when the Andersons planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes on their property. Initially, the estate fruit was sold, but in 2003 they produced the first vintage with label artwork by celebrated artist Jim Dine. Intended to commemorate the artists who had worked with the Walla Walla Foundry, this wine became the basis for the flagship Artisan Blend and marked the beginning of a winery built upon Art+Wine. Each year an Artisan Blend is released with an Artist’s label in addition to a single varietal series featuring labels with semi abstract photographs of work-surfaces found throughout the Foundry. Not artworks in and of themselves, these images stand to reference the creative process.
Today, Foundry Vineyards is operated by Mark & Patty's children Jay & Lisa Anderson. The focus of art and wine has not wavered as both children crafted their careers around the family's passion for art in all its forms. The Anderson family continues to pursue their mission of supporting all forms of art in the Walla Walla Valley.
Who We Are:
Mark & Patty Anderson
Mark was home-grown in Walla Walla and graduated with a Studio Art Degree from Whitman College. He and and his wife Patty have been married for 35 years and have raised two children at the property which is home to Stonemarker – their estate vineyard.
Mark’s background is in art and entrepreneurial business, fueling his continued desire to explore the potential in new projects. Patty’s knowledge of accounting and business structure is the perfect complement to Mark's creative side. Their first love is the arts, which continues to be a large part of their lives as founders of the Walla Walla Foundry in 1980.
Winemaker & Creative Director
Jay holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Art and Art History, and a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to his passion for the arts, Jay holds a culinary degree from The Seattle Art Institute and has cooked at some of Seattle’s premier fine dining establishments: Rover’s, Café Campagne, and Dahlia Lounge.
Jay took over wine production at Foundry Vineyards in 2017. In 2018 he began transitioning the winery towards sourcing organic grape and utilizing indigenous yeasts. He also started Pét Project, a line of naturally sparkling wines that uses the ancestral method of fermentation also referred to as pétillant natural.
When not at Foundry Vineyards, Jay spends time with his wife Kelsee and two children Jackson and Lucas. Jay is a practicing artist working in the media of painting and sculpture.
General Manager & Curator
Lisa, a Walla Walla native, grew up interacting with contemporary artists and the sculpture they produced at her family’s business the Walla Walla Foundry. This immersion sparked her life-long passion for the arts.
Lisa studied art history at the American University of Paris for two years. Then relocated to San Francisco, California where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Art History and Arts Management and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. During the seven years she lived in California Lisa worked in the fields of grant writing, events, collections management, data management, and finance.
In 2014, Lisa became the Director of her family's foundation, Anderson Foundation for the Arts, which exhibits in Foundry Vineyards' gallery space. Then in the Fall of 2015, Lisa moved back to Walla Walla and joined the Foundry Vineyards' team. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org