About this Business
From Our Editors
The unmistakable aromas of Yakima cherries, Greenbluff peaches, and Olympia strawberries perform a delicate parade across palates at Mill Lane Winery. The winery harvests and ferments berries and orchard fruit grown in Washington State, crafting wines that evoke the flavors of freshly picked fruit straight from the fields.
After moving to Tenino from Eastern Washington, Dan and Deana Ferris decided to transform their hobby of home winemaking and their passion for Pacific Northwestern fruit into a business by opening a winery. The entire family pitches in: the children help harvest the fruit each year and Dan and Deana continue to experiment with new winemaking techniques as they hope to capture the pure flavors of everything from locally grown fruits to imported Hawaiian pineapples. These fruits even appear in the winery's traditional, grape-based red and white table wines, each of which honors Dan's 40 years of experience as a basketball referee with names such as Point Guard, In Your Face, and Strawberry Wine, named after Darryl Strawberry Jr.'s Croatian League basketball career.
Although winemaking consumes most of the couple's time and energy, they also operate a smokehouse that allows Dan to continue processing and flavoring wild game.