Gary Cox,  At Cox Canyon Vineyards—South of Ellensburg

Gary Cox, At Cox Canyon Vineyards—South of Ellensburg

Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards is the first of many wineries/vineyards you will encounter as you enter into Washington’s Wine Country from the Seattle area. Cox Canyon Vineyards draws on Gary R. Cox’s many years of experience as a Plant & Soil Scientist. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University in Plant & Soil Science, his Master of Science from Washington State University in Agronomy & Soils, and is a Master Watershed Steward interested in balancing water rights for both fisheries and agriculture.

Gary is an avid fly-fisherman and enjoys the quality waters of the Yakima River located just across from the vineyard. As a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, he is dedicated to minimizing the impact of chemical usage on the environment and utilizing sustainable/green practices whenever possible.

Gary was an Instructor of Vineyard & Winery Technology at Yakima Valley Community College for over 7 years teaching Agroecosystems, Sustainability and Biodynamic Agriculture, Washington Terroir, Soil Science and worked as an Environmental Compliance Officer for over 34 years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in South Eastern Washington.