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Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010

Inside view of Swiftwater Cellars

The Watts family built their vegetable empire south of the Tri-Cities near Paterson, Wash., but their holdings also include Zephyr Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.

After selling their farm to ConAgra, the Watts family turned their focus to the wine industry and began creating Swiftwater Cellars. Last year, they made a splash by hiring Tony Rynders, who gained acclaim for his work at Hogue Cellars in the Yakima Valley and then with Domaine Serene in the Dundee Hills of Oregon.

On Sept. 10, the Watts clan will unveil their dazzling new winery and restaurant, which is within Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, Wash. Cost of the project - built over the top of the long-retired Coal Mine No. 9 - is estimated at $10 million.

Managing Editor Eric Degerman toured the Swiftwater Cellars construction site with general manager Donnie Watts.