Meet the Winemaker

Marty Johnson – Hyatt Vineyards Winemaker … waiting to share some wine knowledge with visitors at a recent Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting event.

Effective August 8th, 2016, Marty Johnson assumed responsibilities as winemaker and cellarmaster at Hyatt Vineyards in Zillah, Washington. 

2016 was Marty’s 12th vintage in the Yakima Valley. He began his career in the Yakima Valley at Tefft Cellars in Outlook, WA as a cellar rat, worked his way up to assistant winemaker and eventually winemaker and cellarmaster. He has also worked as winemaker and vigneron at Eaton Hill Winery in Granger, WA.

Marty earned a two-year certificate in Enology and Viticulture from the University of California at Davis, as well as the WSET level 2 award with distinction and the WSET level 3 award with merit from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust based in London, UK.

After nearly forty years enjoying and evaluating wines from around the globe, Marty brings a passion and global perspective to the winemaking team at Hyatt Vineyards. He will ensure that quality and value will continue to be the focus of our portfolio of wines under the Hyatt and Roza Ridge labels.

We invite you to stop by and say hello and sample some of the wines available in our Zillah, Washington tasting room.