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Robert Karl Cellars

115 West Pacific Avenue
Spokane, WA


Tasting Room:
Thursday & Friday 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Or by appointment

Quaintly housed in an old fire station in Spokane's historic Warehouse District, Robert Karl Winery is a dream come true for owners Joe and Rebecca Gunselman. This boutique Spokane winery has already made its mark in the production of award winning, in demand vintages! Robert Karl Cellars first wine, a '99 cabernet sauvignon, drew rave reviews and their polished, Bordeaux blends and varietal red wines have been sought after ever since.

The winery produces handcrafted, premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Claret, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and a dry Cabernet Franc Rosé with grapes from Washington 's finest vineyards. Joe Gunselman, head wine maker, is a physician by day but his passion is winemaking! He views winemaking as an art but draws on his science background and applies it to the winemaking process. Joe makes every effort to preserve the varietal flavors in his wine. When young, the classical flavors beam through and then as the wine matures in the cellar, the flavors of cedar, tobacco, and leather develop.

Robert Karl Cellars crafts their wines exclusively from fruit grown in the Horse Heaven Hills, one of Washington's newest American Viticultural Areas (AVA). Gunselman chose grapes from central WA because he believes the "terrior", with the variable of irrigation, combines to give one of the best (if not THE BEST) places in the world to grow vitis vinifera , grape vines. Several components contribute to this grape growing quality. The number of sunny days coupled with the length of the day, the unique east-west ridges of the Columbia Valley which provide an excellent south facing slope, and ideal night to day temperature variations. Unique soil composition gives the final ingredient.

Robert Karl Winery is a family affair. Joe is assisted in the winery by his wife Rebecca who runs the tasting room among other duties. Sons Karl, Sam and Joe also are involved in the winery and frequently friends lend a hand to produce the award winning vintages.The winery’s claret is one of the top five under-$20 red wines in the state.

Joe Gunselman is aware that classical teaching does not include wine as one of the basic food groups, but he does believe (wholeheartedly) that wine is an essential part of every meal! Come taste some wine excellence.

Wines produced:

  • Robert Karl Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Robert Karl Cellars Claret
  • Robert Karl Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
  • Robert Karl Cellars Syrah
  • Robert Karl Cellars Merlot
  • Robert Karl Cellars Dry Cabernet Franc Rosé


  • 2004 Columbia Valley Syrah
    Best Wine at Sunshine & Wine, People’s Choice Award
    Gold, Northwest Wine Summit
    Gold, Washington State Wine Competition
  • 2002 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    Platinum, Wine Press Northwest
    Gold Medal, LA County Fair
    Silver, West Coast Wine Competition
    Bronze Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • 2003 Columbia Valley Claret
    Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Silver, Northwest Wine Summit
    Silver Medal, LA County Fair
  • 2004 Columbia Valley Merlot
    Gold, Northwest Wine Summit
    90 Wine Enthusiast


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