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What started out as a conversation between four long-time friends and former business colleagues has blossomed into one of the most exciting new projects in the Washington State wine industry in recent years.
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Imagine taking a date to the park for a romantic picnic on a beautiful fall day. You’ve got the blanket that you’re going to spread on the grass and a picnic basket that contains a variety of cheeses, a couple of bunches of grapes, a bottle of wine, a fancy wine bottle opener and two wine glasses. <Read more >
When Windy Hills Winery opened in Ridgefield, WA. over Memorial Weekend 2017, it was owner Dave Kelly’s intention to make a statement. After pulling into the 56-car parking lot, visitors are greeted by stunning rock work at the prominent entrance that carries through a substantial portico into a 2,400 square-foot great room. <Read more >
Pepper Bridge Winery, one of the Walla Walla Valley’s premiere wineries, turned 20 this year. Yet, with so much of the valley’s winemaking history woven in and around the Pepper Bridge name, it seems surprising that the winery hasn’t been around much longer. The winery is owned and operated by three families – the McKibbens, the Goffs and the Pellets. <Read more >
Is there a place at the table for Washington fruit wines made from anything other than traditional wine grape varietals? Of course there is. And while wine purists may be reluctant to consider the virtues of something in their wine glass made from blackberries, raspberries or currants, one whiff and sip of a locally-produced fruit wine may make them think otherwise. <Read more >
Finding good people in the wine industry is not a difficult task. Finding exceptional people that top vintners are “honored to work with” and describe as “inquisitive, hardworking, dedicated and humble” is a more unique discovery. But, Mike Sauer is a unique man. The owner of Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA, Mike has been farming his 150-acre site for 45 years and, with all of his success, priorities have not escaped him. <Read more >
The Port of Benton is embarking on a major expansion of its Vintners Village development in Prosser. A 9,000-square-foot building is already under construction as part of a new stage of development that’s expected ultimately to open 18 nearby lots spread over 11.77 acres. The new structure at the south end of Port Avenue will include three separate bays for lease, each measuring 2,500 square feet. Tenants that sign on to lease space there will be able to finish the interiors to suit their individual needs. Read more >
Nestled on a sloping hillside on the South Shore of Lake Chelan sits Tsillan Cellars. When driving into the Chelan Valley (which is located in the North Cascades Mountain range of Washington State) you will see Tsillan Cellars situated on a hill surrounded by 40 acres of vineyard. As soon as you enter the gates and head up the long driveway through the vineyard, you feel as if you were in Tuscany. The winery now produces 15 single varieties of award-winning wine and 7 blends. Read more >
The first community college in the nation to include a working commercial and teaching winery. The first wine degree program in Washington state. Over 1,000 medals for its wine. Hundreds of graduates working in the wine industry. That’s College Cellars, a flagship program of the Walla Walla Community College (WWCC). “Depending on the year, about half of all of the fruit harvested in Washington is influenced in some way by a WWCC graduate,” says Tim Donahue, Director of Winemaking at College Cellars. Read more >
DeLille’s vineyard sources read like a who’s who of Academy Award-winning actors: Harrison Hill, Klipsun, Ciel Du Cheval, Boushay, and Sagemoor’s Weinbau and Bacchus Vineyards. oming off of last year’s 25th anniversary, DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, WA. continues to maintain a rich winemaking history that has kept it firmly in the state’s upper echelon of wineries since its inception. In fact, DeLille Cellars was named the Washington Winery of The Year for 2017 by Wine Press Northwest. Read more >
If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of Skamania Lodge. It’s a Cascadian-style retreat located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in the town of Stevenson, WA. The lodge is known for its sweeping views of the Columbia River, 18-hole golf course, award-winning Cascade Dining Room and its close-proximity to Oregon’s famous Multnomah Falls. Read more >
A 13,800 square-foot estate house, wonderfully approachable wines and unforgettable views of the Blue Mountains create a unique experience for visitors to the Walla Walla Valley. Over the past several years, I have been asked the following question several times by friends and family visiting Walla Walla: If you only had time to visit one winery in the Walla Walla Valley, which winery would that be? Read more >
Malbec may have a rather short history in Washington state, but recent vintages show this red grape, which originally comes from France’s Bordeaux region, is establishing a record of excellence since 2011. If you comb through the index to the 2005 edition of The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, you’ll find plenty about Malbec production in France and Argentina, but not a single mention of any Northwest state or province. Read more >
Peter and Olga Osvaldik have reason to be proud of the winery they’ve established in Bellingham, WA. at Dynasty Cellars. With its warm, inviting tasting room and lounge area, local wineophiles and out-of-town visitors alike have come to recognize this as Whatcom County’s “go to” place to meet friends, linger and chat over a glass of quality, handcrafted wine. Read more >
Winery pays homage to its multi-generational roots with a chic tasting room in the style of a 1920’s hotel bar. Set on the grounds of a 118-year-old homestead, Pomeroy Cellars pays homage to its multi-generational roots with a chic tasting room in the style of a 1920’s hotel bar. Winemaker, Dan & Destiny Brink, owners of Pomeroy Cellars. Read more >
A new wine village is about to make its official debut in the Tri-Cities, aiming to bring Washington’s wine industry back to its geographic roots — where the waters of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers join. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the project is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 9th. Read more >
In 2016, a thought-provoking statistic was reported: for the first time in history, Americans spent more money eating out than they did on groceries. Also of note is a report by USA Today that millennials drank 159.6 million cases of wine in 2015 alone — 42 percent of the wine consumed in the U.S. Read more >
Husband and wife team has come a long way since making their first batch of wine in the basement of their Ballard home. ‘The couple’s formula of good wines and stellar customer service has proven so successful that Structure Cellars recently opened a second space in the SoDo Urbanworks Building.’ Read more >
Twenty years ago, Chuck Reininger and his wife, Tracy Tucker, opened the doors to Walla Walla’s first winery dedicated to the Valley’s fruit. REININGER Winery opened in 1997 with a lineup of Bordeaux–style wines sourced from some of the Valley’s oldest vineyards: Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills. Read more >
From humble beginnings, Ste. Michelle has become the number two premium domestic wine brand sold in the U.S. With more than 300,000 visitors annually, Chateau Ste. Michelle, is one of the most popular destination wineries in the country. Read more >
As the Northwest wine industry began to emerge in the 1970s, the region’s grape growers, winemakers and consumers all looked elsewhere for guidance. The two most powerful influences were California and France so it was natural for growers. Read more >
From Blind Tastings to a class called “Wine 101”, the Clore Center is dedicated to teaching consumers from all over the world about Washington State’s wine and agricultural past, present, and future. Read more >
The vineyards of Sagemoor are a proud collection of five distinct sites across the Columbia Valley. Since the founders first planted vines in 1972, the idea was always to grow gr apes and sell them to Washington’s preeminent wine makers. Read more >
State of the Industry
There are now more than 900 wineries in the State of Washington, and none of them are exactly alike.
Some are housed in magnificent chateaus, some are housed in remodeled barns and farmhouses, some are housed in former warehouse buildings (the Warehouse District in Woodinville comes to mind), many are housed in urban storefronts that used to sell hardware and clothing, and many are located in out-of-the-way places that require a good map to get to.
Ninety Nine percent of the wine grapes grown in the state are grown in the Columbia Valley, a land mass of 11 million acres located in Eastern Washington that stretches from approximately the town of Brewster in North Central Washington south to the Columbia River and east to Walla Walla. The arid landscape and an average of 17 hours of sunlight during the height of the growing season make this region the perfect place to grow wine grapes.
There’s more to the Washington wine industry, however, than where the grapes are grown.
That’s because during the last 20 years, wineries and tasting rooms have sprung up all over the state. You’ll find hundreds of wineries, tasting rooms and wine bars in Western Washington. You’ll find them on many of the Islands in the Puget Sound, in the greater Seattle area, and in just about every town you can think of along the I-5 corridor from Bellingham, WA. south to Vancouver, WA.
And in Eastern Washington, you’ll find wineries in the heart of Columbia Valley wine country as well as in cities like Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Yakima, Walla Walla and Spokane. Wine in Washington State is big business, contributing greatly to the state’s economy.
The best part of having 900-plus wineries in the state is that you have lots of choices of wines to enjoy. If you live in Washington, you’ll most likely find a winery or tasting room in close proximity to where you live. If you feel like traveling to where the grapes are grown, there’s nothing like taking a three-day weekend to visit the hundreds of wineries that are located throughout the Columbia Valley.
But we’re hoping that wherever you live, whether it’s in the neighboring states of Oregon and Idaho or in the Midwest or on the East Coast, you’ll want to come to Washington to enjoy our great wines. We’ve got airports throughout the state that you can fly into to be close to the wineries you would like to visit. When you get here, you’ll find the nicest people in the world. In many cases, the owners of the winery are the people who will be serving you at the tasting counter.
If you can’t get here in person, you can research every Washington winery and the wines they make by visiting their websites, all of which are contained on DiscoverWashingtonWine.com. To make it easy to do your research, we have listed every winery in the State of Washington in alphabetical order by city.
Just click on the “Wineries” tab at the top of this page. If you do, in fact, plan to take a road trip to a specific region or city, you’ll find all of the wineries in that city in one spot.
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