Ed & Nicole Wicklein

About Us

Ed became interested in fermentation while he was in college and his tight microbrew budget forced him to try making his own home-brewed beer and cider. After college, a home-brew buddy suggested Ed expand his fermentation forays into the wine realm, tempting Ed with some tasty samples from his own home operation. After some convincing that winemaking is not too different from brewing beer, Ed began experimenting with fruit and grapes in 2002.

In the following years, Ed and Nichole worked with friends, getting progressively more grapes and developing their style. To learn more about the science of winemaking and to take the art to the next level, Ed furthered his education with classes at the University of California-Davis, Washington State University and South Seattle Community College, as well as at several wineries.

In 2010, Vortex Cellars was founded to bring quality craft wines to the public. Vortex Cellars wines are a little eclectic due to Ed and Nichole’s varied tastes and the wide range of quality grapes available in Washington state. We are primarily focused on French- and Spanish-style wines, made with a blend of traditional and modern techniques.

Come meet us at an upcoming event and have a glass with us, then take some home to share with your friends and family.

Why Vortex?

A vortex is a swirling pattern in fluid flow that has been an integral part of my career as a hydraulic engineer. In graduate school, I studied how turbulent vortex structures move sediment in river flows. As a consulting engineer, I have spent hours evaluating vortex formations in pump inlets and other water intakes, with the goal of minimizing their formation or excluding them. But as my career continues to evolve, so does my relationship with vortexes. Now the vortex is playing a new role in which it is beneficially used and created by swirling wine in a glass to entrain air and release aromas.
Embrace the Vortex!