Patrick Merry developed an interest in wine long before he ever crushed his first grapes. Touring the iconic wineries of California on a family vacation as a child and helping build his parents' wine cellar before he was allowed to drink likely planted the seed that would later grow into a career in winemaking. After completing a degree in Computer Science at Rocky Mountain College and working in information technology for several years, he moved to Spokane and earned an MBA from Gonzaga University - still unaware of what the future would hold but thoroughly enjoying the close proximity to Pacific Northwest wineries.
After completing his master's degree, Patrick found his way to Pullman, WA in pursuit of a doctorate in Computer Science. It was there that Patrick first tried his hand at winemaking. In the beginning, it was hobby that relied on the labor of friends and neighbors to help process the fruit and bottle the end product. Within a few short years, his "hobby" quickly became something more substantial and, with the encouragement of others and the incredible support of his family, Patrick launched Merry Cellars in 2004 with an inaugural vintage of 400 cases. Growing from that initial vintage in 2004, Merry Cellars now produces 5,000 cases annually and has relocated to a new facility on the edge of town.
In addition to running the winery on a day to day basis, Patrick also works closely with Washington State University to provide internship opportunities to their Enology students. When he's not making wine or sampling the barrels, you can usually find Patrick gardening, remodeling his house or spending time exploring the world.