Joseph Czarny, the talented winemaker at Canvasback, brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for winemaking to the heart of Washington State. His journey into the world of wine began in Arizona, but it was in Washington where he truly found his calling.
After relocating to Washington in 2013 to study enology and viticulture, Joseph embarked on a remarkable winemaking odyssey. His education was enriched by mentors like Sabrina Lueck and Tim Donahue, who encouraged him to expand his horizons through international experiences. Joseph honed his craft across the globe, from Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla to Domaine Serene in Oregon, and as far afield as New Zealand’s Vidal Estate, Australia’s Lambert Estate, and New York’s Rooster Hill Vineyard.
Returning to Washington in 2018, Joseph joined Canvasback as a harvest intern and quickly ascended the ranks, learning the Canvasback way alongside founding Winemaker Brian Rudin. Joseph’s passion for the region’s winemaking potential, collaborative spirit, and love of teaching align perfectly with the ethos of Canvasback.
Today, as the torchbearer for Canvasback and Greenwing, Joseph continues the tradition of crafting dynamic, complex, and compelling wines that truly reflect their vineyard origins. He focuses on harvesting at optimal ripeness, mastering techniques to tame robust tannins, and refining cooperage to elegantly showcase Washington’s natural grape beauty.
Joseph Czarny’s commitment to his craft, his dedication to the Washington winemaking community, and his love for the art of winemaking make him a pivotal figure in the world of wine. Beyond the vineyards, he finds joy in woodworking and shares a life in Walla Walla with his wife and young daughter.