Meet Robert Goodfriend
... the career he says was meant for him—that of winemaker.
Harlequin was founded in 1999 by Robert Goodfriend. The small, family owned winery located in Touchet (Walla Walla Valley), works with the best vineyards and growers in Washington and Oregon State to designate individual vineyard rows which are specifically assigned to Harlequin.
Robert maintains complete control over yield, canopy management, irrigation and picking decisions. Winemaking at Harlequin is very hands-on and intensive. Reds are fermented in small, one-ton fermentors and punched down by hand. Ageing occurs in the best oak from the best coopers.