The Winemaker

Megan Hughes graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from Washington State University (WSU). Megan is the Assistant Winemaker and Enologist for Barnard Griffin, the winery founded and operated by her parents, Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard. Hughes is a second generation winemaker for Barnard Griffin, and is excited to the have the opportunity to learn the art and science of winemaking from her father and Washington wine pioneer, Rob. 

Hughes was born and raised in the Tri-Cities area, attending local grade and high school there. Megan’s passion for winemaking and the family business began at a young age. As a child, she assisted her parents Rob and Deborah with production at the family owned and operated winery. After high school, Megan continued her pursuit in winemaking and viticulture, studying at WSU in Pullman, WA. Megan joined the Barnard Griffin production team in the summer of 2010. 

Megan believes in her family’s business model, creating an exceptional product to be purchased at an affordable price. Hughes also believes in giving back to the community and industry involvement. Megan dedicates her free time to the Junior Achievement program in Richland and the Family Fishing Pond event held each summer in Kennewick. She strives to be a role model for young women in the local community interested in the Washington Wine industry. Hughes is a member of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers and the Washington State Wine Technical Group. 

Her family’s Washington Wine heritage is prodigious. Rob Griffin, co-owner and head winemaker at Barnard Griffin winery in Richland, Washington, celebrated 38 years of Washington winemaking this spring. Beginning his Washington career at Preston Wine Cellars in 1977, Griffin is currently the longest practicing winemaker in Washington State. Rob and Deborah established the Barnard Griffin winery in 1983 and built a winemaking facility in Richland in 1996. Barnard Griffin has now become one of the largest privately owned Washington wineries.

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