Vice-President of Vineyards for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, oversees the management of the vineyards designated for Col Solare.
Since joining Ste. Michelle as a college intern in 1983, Corliss’s mission has been to enhance and advance the quality of the company’s vineyards as well as those of the growers he works with.
He is considered among the premier authorities on wine grape growing in Washington State and his cooperative research with Washington State University has led to advances in irrigation practices, vineyard sustainability, and integrated pest management.
Corliss is active on several wine industry boards and led the effort to establish the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. In 2006, he received the Walter Clore Award, which recognizes individuals who serve and make significant contributions to the Washington State grape industry.