Our Story


Established in 2018

Our Journey began when two business partners, James DeSarno and Eduardo Oliveira, from Seattle, Washington set out to find some land within the spectacular Yakima Wine Country to transform into  beautiful lodging for locals and tourists alike to be able to enjoy. The two came across some property that sits atop a hill that has a view that rivaled all others. With a small vineyard, a tasting room, and framework for lodging, they knew this was the perfect location that  they had been searching for. Then began the journey into the world of wines, vineyards, and exceptional Washington venues. To help navigate this new adventure, they brought on board, Karissa Brandhagen as a third partner and General Manager, armed with knowledge in the wine industry, viticulture, event planning, and project management. The three dreamed up a venue like no other with a newly renovated tasting room, updated lodging, and ample space to simply spend a warm sunny Yakima Valley afternoon or throw an event to remember. Through research, vigor, and new friends, ideas became plans on paper, and those plans quickly became a reality. The team has been fortunate to be able to team up with several individuals in the industry that have helped gently guide their vision. With the help of winemakers across the valley, our label and first vintage was born. That folks, is just the beginning. These bright minded architects have big plans for Freehand Cellars that go far beyond the great bones they started with.