Allen Shoup was widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the Washington wine industry. He spent 20 years building Château Ste. Michelle and its affiliate wineries, serving as the company’s CEO for 17 of those years before establishing Long Shadows in 2002.
Long Shadows is a continuation of Allen’s on-going commitment to building the reputation of Washington wines. He credited his close friend and mentor Robert Mondavi, who famously conceived the Opus One collaboration, as the guide for his vision. While CEO at Ste. Michelle, Allen initiated joint ventures that brought Tuscany’s Piero Antinori and Germany’s Dr. Ernst Loosen to Washington. He left Ste. Michelle in 2000 to realize his vision of introducing some of the world’s most gifted winemakers to the Columbia Valley. Long Shadows Vintners is the result.