The People of Matthews Winery

See who is behind the wines at Matthews

Aryn Morell


Aryn grew up in Western Washington and left to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas, originally for the golf program but ended up studying Chemistry at the College of Sciences. Looking to continue that path to a career in Chemical Engineering, he spent a weekend in Napa Valley and was convinced by his brother that he should come to the Valley and experience the wine industry. After a few great meals and some great bottles of wine, Aryn began work in the wine industry of Napa Valley in late 2003. He spent time at Golden State Vintners, Edgewood Estates, Silver Oak  and then went to work for a company that he personally assisted at wineries such as Joseph Phelps, Quintessa, Hartwell, Chimney Rock, Caldwell Vineyards, Vineyard 29, Chappellet, Rutherford Hill, Spring Mountain Winery, Stags Leap Winery, Turnbull, and countless others. This gave Aryn the opportunity to see first hand what were the important elements that are necessary for crafting superb wines.

In 2006, an opportunity opened up to move back to his home state, so he and his wife and young family came “back home”. His passion for taking Washington State grapes and creating world class wines began at Matthews Winery in Woodinville in 2007.  Since that point he has made some of Washington's highest rated Sauvignon Blancs, as well as Syrahs which have consistently scored 90+ points in Wine Spectator and earning back to back Seattle Wine Awards “Double Gold” recognitions (highest level).  Under his direction, the owners launched Tenor Wines in 2008, a new winery with a reserve-only program focused on making Washington's greatest single varietals and two proprietary red blends. In addition to making wines for Matthews and Tenor, he makes wines for a couple other winerys and recently his own brand called Alleromb. He continues to produce Washington State wines that are known for their expression of Washington State terroir, complexity and an elegance that continues to receive accolades from connoisseurs and consumers alike.