Ryan Sams

Wine Grower & General Manager


Ryan Sams, born and raised in the Walla Walla Valley.

It’s no secret that a good glass of wine starts in the vineyard. We are constantly evaluating our growing practices in order to deliver the highest quality grapes to the winery.

I was raised on a family farm in the Walla Walla Valley and have tended orchard and fruit crops for as far back as I can remember. I joined Basel Cellars in the spring of 2007 and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I focus my time among the vines of our estate property, along with the blocks we manage throughout eastern Washington. I’ve spent a fair amount of time working in the winery to gain a full appreciation of the process. This gives me the vision I need in the vineyards, because I know what Dirk is looking for in the fruit. It allows me to grow the highest quality grapes in the Walla Walla Valley.


  • Drag racing
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • White-water rafting