Custom Crush

Located in the Heart of the Walla Walla Valley


Artifex Wine Company is a custom crush winery located in the budding Walla Walla Valley in Washington State. Whether you are starting a new winery or increasing current production, Artifex offers a centrally-located facility, with state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled staff to foster your wines.

Artifex prides itself on client-driven winemaking. Clients provide complete winemaking instructions and materials – such as grapes, barrels, and additives – while Artifex offers the equipment, staff, in-house laboratory analysis, and standard operating procedures. We maintain a high level of organization, while allowing the flexibility required for you to produce ultra-premium wines.

We understand the complexities and nuances of winemaking. Trust our dedicated team to carry out your vision, allowing you more time to develop and enhance your brand.


Artifex offers complete, inclusive winemaking production services to clients ranging from small boutique wineries to medium-sized brands. Through work order instruction from our client winemakers each wine is truly crafted to the exact specifications and style of the brand. Full service winemaking includes everything from receiving fruit from the vineyard through bottling and packaging the finished wines.

Full service red and white winemaking: grape to bottle, including topping, racking, blending, and chemical additions
Complete fruit processing services: sorting, destemming, crushing, pressing
Barrel aging
Barrel maintenance
Comprehensive laboratory services and quality control monitoring
Complete bottling services
Inventory and production tracking
Alternating Proprietorships


From the top-notch equipment to the impassioned staff, the Artifex facility is designed with efficient operations in mind.

The winery is set up to deliver superior sanitation and cleanliness, while the staff is structured to provide great customer care and superior cellar management. Artifex offers a range of equipment, affording you options otherwise unavailable to individual small wineries. Please find specifics of our winery spaces, tanks, and notable equipment listed below.

3 temperature and humidity controlled barrel rooms. Ability to heat rooms during malolactic fermentation
55 tanks including variable capacity, open top, and closed top ideal for fermentation, blending, storage, and bottling
350gallon to 2600gallon tank capacity. Fermenters range from 3.7 ton to 8.5 ton capacity. 1 ton bin fermenters also available
All tanks equipped with glycol jackets for both heating and cooling
Two Willmes Presses, capacity up to 7 tons red, 2.3 tons white whole cluster
Full-service laboratory with full-time Lab Technician attending
Chemwell-T auto analyzer
Complete, state-of-the-art Bertalaso mobile bottling line
Positive displacement pumps and diaphragm pumps
Carlsen ozone generator
SWASH Electro Steam (Barrel Steamer)
Aquatools barrel washers
Bulldog racking wands
Filtrox Pad Filter
Hydraulic tank punch down tool
Secure alarm-protected facility with fire-suppression system throughout
Client conference room & tasting area (with winery-wide Wi-Fi access)


Artifex Wine Company is a partnership between three well-respected wine industry veterans: Rick Middleton, Norm McKibben, and Jean-François Pellet. Their combined experience and philosophies set the tone and guide the team at Artifex.


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Phone: 509-525-2469
Fax: 509-525-1305
M-F  8am – 4:30pm

     © 2015 Artifex Wine Company

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