The name SuLei is a word created to express the partnership of the proprietors.
SuLei is also a synonym for Sulis Minerva, a Celtic Mother Goddess:
Provider of Healing Waters | She Who is Viewed | The Bright One
Elaine & Tanya found that they were spending all of their weekends, vacations and free time tasting, researching and exploring the wine world. It was the thirst for the ever evolving and illusive mystery of winemaking that brought them to the decision to make a life of this passionate pursuit. It is the belief that a good wine begins in the vineyard that led them to pursue this life in Walla Walla. In 2005, they left Portland, OR to make this dream a reality.
TANYA WOODLEY | WINEMAKER | CO-FOUNDER
Tanya graduated from Walla Walla Community College with a AAAS in Enology & Viticulture and spend over three years working with Stephen Lessard making wine for Whitman Cellars. Tanya believes in minimal intervention winemaking, allowing the fruit to present itself under guidance, revealing the true essence of the grape.
ELAINE JOMWE | OPERATIONS MANAGER | CO-FOUNDER
Elaine has a BS in Business Management and has worked in Accounting for over 20 years. Elaine has had the pleasure of working for two of the pioneer wineries in the valley.