The “Wine Bug”
Prior to making high-quality wines in the Walla Walla Valley, Chuck Reininger could be found high atop mountains as a senior climbing guide for a Tacoma-based company. When Chuck married Tracy Tucker, a Walla Walla native, he hung up his ice axe and moved to the valley to begin a new chapter in his life. Prior to moving to Walla Walla, Chuck helped long-time friends with crush at Waterbrook Winery. He began experimenting with home winemaking in 1993 and officially caught the “wine bug.”In 1997, Chuck and Tracy launched their dream—owning a premiere winery in the Walla Walla Valley.
Up until 2004, REININGER Winery was located in a small facility located at the historic Walla Walla Regional Airport. The “shack-teau,” as Chuck and Tracy fondly nicknamed it, was originally designated as a WWII Army Air Corp runway “crash house” and “base theater” where old time crooners and classic films entertained troops.
In 2003, REININGER Winery purchased seven acres of land, located six miles west of Walla Walla, adjacent to Highway 12, and began renovating two pre-existing potato sheds into a remodeled 15,000 square foot winery, complete with production facility, administrative offices and a spacious new tasting room. “We worked closely with architect, Jon Campbell, to create a modern production facility incorporating rustic design elements,” said Chuck Reininger. “This resulted in a unique atmosphere for events and entertaining.”
In that same year, Chuck and Tracy partnered with Jay and Cyndi Tucker, and Kelly and Ann Tucker, Tracy’s two brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as Tracy’s parents, Ronnie and Terry Tucker. Kelly Tucker serves as general manager and oversees sales and marketing. Jay Tucker functions as tasting room director, plant manager, and grower relations contact. The addition of both brothers as full-time working partners allows Chuck to focus his activities on the art of making wine.
Helix by REININGER
In December 2004, REININGER Winery announced the debut of a new label—Helix. Helix sources fruit from the larger Columbia Valley, allowing for increased production and expanded distribution, while REININGER wines maintain limited production, focusing on fruit from the Walla Walla Valley. Ultimately, the family believes that “Helix allows us to expand our reach to a new group of wine enthusiasts.” To learn more about our second label, Helix, visit our website.
Dedication to Excellence
REININGER Winery’s dedication to bringing out the best in Walla Walla fruit has been well-rewarded. In addition, REININGER Winery has been integral in establishing the Walla Walla Valley’s reputation as a top wine producing region. Both REININGER and Helix by REININGER reflect an ongoing commitment to retain the highest quality, care, and consistency in winemaking.
We are so confident in these wine’s ability to impress that we offer this guarantee: Our REININGER and Helix wines will compare favorably to other wines of similar value, or we will replace them with wine of equal value from our list of REININGER or Helix current releases.
The Reininger & Helix Experience—
Personalized Tastings. Delicious Wines. Terrific Variety.