In 1988, Tom & Teddi Pettigrew solidified their love of the Lake Chelan area by purchasing their first vacation property at Wapato Point.
Then, in 1990, they began wine touring in earnest, starting with the early wineries of the Yakima and Walla Walla valleys and branching out to the Willamette Valley shortly thereafter. They like to say that Washington satisfies their Bordeaux and Rhone wine needs, while Oregon's Willamette Valley (and more recently, the south shore of Lake Chelan) takes care of Burgundy.
Of course, there's much more to an appreciation of wines than those three regions, and Tom and Teddi have enjoyed traveling, tasting and collecting wines throughout the US, Canada, South America and Europe. [Still working on that Australia/New Zealand wine trip...always good to have something to look forward to.]
When Tom had the opportunity to retire from the technology industry in 2011, he and Teddi were ready to put into place plans that had been evolving over the prior twenty-plus years. They always knew Lake Chelan was their retirement destination, but they wanted to make sure they did something with commitment to and involvement in the community. Combining their love of wines with active investment in the Lake Chelan AVA was the perfect solution. And Amos Rome Vineyards was born.
Tom earned a certificate in Viticulture from Washington State University in 2015. He has been a board member of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley since July 2014, and enjoys helping to plan the annual events that increase the wine tourism in beautiful Lake Chelan.