Meet the Founders
How It All Started
The idea for the winery first began in May of 2012 when Stephen and Andrew embarked on a road trip from LA to Oakland to watch a Blue Jays game for Stephen’s birthday. Three hours into the trip Andrew, who had grown up in wine country, easily convinced Stephen – who had never been to a wine region before – to make a quick stop in Paso Robles to taste some wine.
Stephen’s first-ever wine country pit-stop turned into a 48-hour wine bender that included visiting over a dozen wineries, making a bunch of new friends, and eventually wrapping up at a dock-side party on a private lake built smack-dab in the center of picturesque, rolling vineyards. As they drove away, Stephen looked over at Andrew and asked, “Hey man, how do we do this ALL THE TIME?”.
The rest of the road trip and the next few months became an exciting brainstorm about a new, unique kind of winery and the concept for Nocking Point was born. So you're thinking: "But why Walla Walla?" The location of this new winery was obvious. Andrew grew up in the Walla Walla Valley and knew incredible things were on the horizon for his small hometown because the wine industry erupted there in the past ~30 years. With family, friends, and a roster of great winemakers available to them, the pieces were in place to launch Nocking Point Wines as the light-hearted but still-very-premium wine brand we still are today.
Fast forward 5 years and this little wine venture has allowed the founders to connect with hundreds of thousands of fans and wine drinkers while cultivating a crazy-loyal wine club community that they are more than proud of.
More about Andrew & Stephen:
These founders have been and are always up to other stuff too.
Stephen Amell is most well-known for playing DC Comics superhero – The Green Arrow – for 6+ seasons with other roles including Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Garrett in Code 8 and most recently as Jack Spade in Heels on Starz.
Andrew Harding has worked in the entertainment media space for years and co-founded a music licensing technology company — SourceAudio.com — working with some of the biggest music, production, and broadcast companies in the world.
The founders would like to extend a personal thank you to each and every one of their supporters, past and present, and they couldn’t be more excited about what the future has in store for us all! Cheers!