Westport Winery has announced it will donate a portion of the proceeds from its upcoming wine, Kraken, to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.
Winery co-owners Blain and Kim Roberts remember the construction of the Seaport’s tall ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, in Lahaina, Hawaii, in 1988. The Roberts owned Lahaina Divers at the time, and Kim Roberts sailed on board the Chieftain when she was delivered to Grays Harbor in 2006. Kim’s daughter, Carrie Roberts, prior to her involvement in the winery, was the education coordinator at the Seaport and later served on its board of directors.
Kraken is the winery’s new reserve cabernet Sauvignon crafted with grapes from Joe Hattrup’s Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills American Viticulture Area. They did a special single-barrel release of this wine in their 2016 vintage labeled MV Endeavor, the name of Roberts’ last dive boat in Lahaina. This became such a popular wine with consumers, and acclaimed wine with judges, that they are creating a complete program based on this fruit. The first vintage of Kraken will be released in June of 2020.
Westport Winery, founded in 2008, donates a portion of the proceeds from each wine to different local charities, to date contributing more than $500,000 to their community.