Ashley Trout

Ashley Trout

Brook & Bull (Winemaker & Owner)

Ashley Trout, Winemaker and Owner of Vital Wines ( and Brook & Bull (formerly March Cellars), has made wine throughout various parts of the world for the past 18 years. As a freshman at Whitman College in Walla Walla, she took a part-time job at Reininger Winery and continued to work at wineries throughout her years as an undergraduate student. In 2006, three years after her graduation, she launched the highly successful Flying Trout Wines and was its founding winemaker. She sold the label to TERO Estates in 2010 and continued as winemaker there until 2015.

In 2016, she launched March Cellars, now known as Brook & Bull, a 2000-case winery. That same year she also started Vital Wines, a label whose profits all go to the SOS Clinic, a non-profit healthcare clinic in the Walla Walla area. The clinic is dedicated to helping clients get the healthcare they need with no questions asked. A number of entities participate in the project, including wineries, grape growers, coopers and crush facilities. At Brook & Bull, Ashley produces Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Rosé, and various blends. Vital offers a variety of wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay.

The Wines. Ashley was invited to pour her highly acclaimed wines from both brands at the 2017 pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, the first time a Walla Walla winery has been invited for an Academy Award event. There, Trout poured The Gifted, a red blend under the Vital brand, and the March Cellars 2014 Chardonnay.

We purchased the last remaining bottle of The Gifted and it was delectable! The 2015 vintage from Vital Wines, The Given, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cinsault, and Tinta Cao, is now available. The day we visited the tasting room we were delighted to taste Ashley’s 2014 March Chardonnay, 2015 March Malbec, and 2016 March Rosé, in addition to her 2015 Vital red blend. All were excellent.