{biv-wak} "A military encampment made with tents or improvised shelter..."


Story Behind the Wine

Kevin and Kris have spent their lives in service to both the US military and Federal Government.
This sense of service continues to remain their core ethos. Their wine journey began in Germany 25 years ago as young Army lieutenants. They discovered the special place that wine had in contributing to the richer enjoyment of delicious food, good company, and beautiful spaces. This journey was further manifested by living in Europe for almost 15 years during the course of their military careers and created a zealous appreciation of the many wines across Europe. As their wine education progressed, their understanding of terroir and wine varietals grew as well, creating an excitement around how good wine is truly made. Inevitably, the road led to making small-batch wine at home and discovering the importance of both the art and science that go into the making of every bottle of wine, and the special experience created in sharing a bottle. 

Much time deployed to faraway places bivouacked under the stars made the dream manifest into a potential reality. Thus, the idea of Bivouac Cellars was born.

“We offer this wine as a manifestation of a dream during a life of service while bivouacked in faraway places.”

– Kevin Smith, Winemaker

Our Wines

The majority of Bivouac Cellars fruit is sourced from the Lake Chelan, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills and Ancient Lakes AVA’s. Although we do not make wine in an exclusive style, Bivouac Cellars is definitely influenced by the Southern Rhone style of winemaking. We seek more unique European varietals when possible.


You can purchase our wines at
Culinary Apple, The Landing & The Meat Shop.

You can also enjoy our wines at
Layla’s Bar + Kitchen.