Helen and Daniel Ferrelli, Owners
Daniel’s father, the original “Big Papa” faced many challenges living in Chicago during the Great Depression and prohibition. His family sold jug wine out of their brownstone basement just to get by. Over the years, even when Daniel and Helen were running their own business and raising three children, Daniel always maintained the yearly tradition of making wine with his grandfather’s old wine press. His winemaking partners included his son-in-law and EFESTĒ partner, Kevin Taylor.
In 2001, Daniel and Kevin started a new tradition of bottling and labeling their garage wine. With state of the art wine making equipment they imagined, “We could just make a couple of barrels.” Making a couple of barrels spiraled into EFESTĒ winery.
Back in Chicago, Daniel’s family cooked for the neighborhood every Sunday requesting that each guest bring his or her own fork since there weren’t enough to go around. Today Daniel and Helen carry on the tradition of cooking for gatherings by preparing amazing feasts for EFESTĒ wine club events. No fork required.
Kevin & Angela Taylor
How did parents of two young boys get involved in a winery? When Kevin and Angela (daughter of Daniel and Helen Ferrelli) were sweethearts at Redmond High School, Kevin took part in the Ferrelli family tradition of winemaking.
At the tender age of 5, Kevin and Angela’s son, Joe, was diagnosed with leukemia. This adverse event became their inspiration for the wine Tough Guy as well as the Rockin’ Sips event hosted at the winery each year that helps raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Happily, Joe completed his treatment in March of 2011.
When Angela isn’t driving her two boys around to all of their sporting activities you can find her on the tennis court. Although work keeps him busy, from time to time Kevin can be spotted on the golf course, hunting, or trying to reel in the big one while fishing.
Married in 1996, Kevin and Angela see the winery as an opportunity to spend time together during harvest, crush, bottling, and various wine events throughout the year.
Mark Fiore Winemaker
Mark Fiore’s winemaking career began in Walla Walla where he had relocated for work in 2008. At the time, he was a PGA Professional and had moved to help open a prodigious new golf course. During the summer of 2009, he spent much of his free time at local wineries and befriended a few winemakers who opened his eyes to the world of Washington wine. Mark became fascinated with the artistry, science, and marketing of the wine industry and this passion led him to a career change.
Mark worked two harvest seasons at Beresan and Balboa wineries, which led him to an all-encompassing job with Charles Smith Wines in August of 2011. During Mark’s tenure at Charles Smith Wines, the company grew fast and furious. Mark’s primary job of making wine for K Vintners grew to making wines for a variety other labels including Sixto, Latta Wines, Wines of Substance and B Leighton. As well as other accolades, the 2017 Wine Spectator Top 100 granted them with the 2nd and 13th best wines worldwide.
The growth of these brands took Mark to Seattle in 2015 when Charles Smith Wines packed up its entire production in Walla Walla and moved across the state. During the time Mark was making wine with the company, production increased from roughly 9,000 cases per year to upwards of 35,000. Throughout this time, Mark supplemented the experience he was gaining with formal education, completing all of the extension courses at UC Davis as well as taking educational trips to Portugal, Spain, and France.
Mark is excited for the opportunity at EFESTE to step out on his own and work to take the already fantastic wines to the next level.