What Washington Wineries Are Doing
to Deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic

Benton, Franklin and Yakima Counties

Approved to Move into Modified Phase 1

of Governor’s Plan to Re-Open Economy

Benton, Franklin and Yakima Counties have been approved to move into modified Phase 1 of Governor Jay Inslee’s plan to re-open the state’s economy even as cases of Covid 19 continue to rise in those counties. Under modified Phase 1 guidelines, however, only wineries serving full meals prepared in on-site kitchen facilities are allowed to serve in-person tastings.

Unfortunately, under these guidelines, the majority of wineries in Benton, Franklin and Yakima Counties  won’t be able to offer in-person tastings until these counties move into Phase 1.5 or Phase 2. So, you’ll have to do some homework to find out if your favorite winery is open for in-person tastings or not.

Currently, 17 of Washington State’s 39 counties are in the second phase of Governor Inslee’s plan to reopen the state’s economy and 17 counties are in Phase 3. There are now four counties operating under Phase 1.5. They are Benton, Franklin, Chelan and Douglas Counties.

The state’s largest county in terms of population, King County, moved into Phase 2 on June 19. The other 16 counties now in Phase 2 are Adams, Clark, Cowlitz, Grant, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Walla Walla and Whatcom.

The 17 counties that are now in Phase 3 are Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Island, Kittitas, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whitman.

Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan means that tasting rooms in these counties are now able to accommodate seated tastings, glass pours, bottle purchases and wine-club pick-ups as long as they take the necessary precautions required under the Phase 2 guidelines. Those guidelines include such things as all tastings being conducted at individual tables (no tasting at the bar), with tables being spaced six feet apart, servers being required to wear masks and adhering to hand washing/ hand sanitizing protocol, etc.

Phase 3 allows wineries to operate their tasting rooms at 75% capacity with table occupancy no larger than 10 people, and tasting bars can now reopen at 25% capacity.

Here’s what to expect when visiting wineries in Chelan and Douglas counties operating under Safe Start Phase 1.5: 1). Most tasting rooms will be operating on an appointment-only basis, so you won’t be able to just show up. 2). Tasting room employees will be required to wear masks, and the State of Washington highly encourages visitors to wear masks as well. 3). Social distancing protocols will be in place both inside and outside of tasting rooms. During modified Phase 1.5, tastings and dining will only be allowed outside. 4). Social distancing will be limited to groups of five people, and the group does not have to be from the same household. However, many wineries will be limiting group size to fewer than five people, so make sure to confirm group limits with each winery. 5). You can expect more pre-poured wine flights, limited wine bar service, and more seated tastings.

Wineries that have not as yet moved into Phase 1.5, Phase 2 or Phase 3 are open for curbside pick-up of phone-in orders, online orders and wine club allotments.

As Publisher of DiscoverWashingtonWine.com, I hope you will support your favorite wineries during these trying times to keep them financially viable. Chuck Leininger, Publisher.

Milbrandt Vineyards/Ryan Patrick Wines

We at Milbrandt Vineyards and our sister winery Ryan Patrick Wines are happy to announce that all three of our tasting rooms are now open for business. Our Woodinville tasting room is open under Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan to reopen the state’s economy, our Leavenworth tasting room is open under modified Safe Start Phase 1.5, and our Prosser tasting room is open under modified Phase 1, which allows us to offer in-person tastings on our outdoor patio at 50% capacity.

The health and safety of our visitors is the number one priority at all of our tasting rooms. With that in mind, all of our employees are required to wear masks at all times while working with customers. In addition, tasting and seated areas are spaced six feet apart and must remain so at all times. All guests are encouraged to wear masks until seated.

Restrictions placed on us under the various phases of Governor Inslee’s plan to re-open the state’s economy mean that we will face limitations on the number of guests we can serve at any one time. Thus, to be able to accommodate everyone who wants to experience an in-person tasting at any of our tasting rooms, we are requiring tasting reservations. You can make a reservation by calling the tasting room you wish to visit. Phone numbers for each tasting room are as follows: Prosser (509) 788-0030; Woodinville (425) 949-7660; Leavenworth (509) 888-2236. Or you can make a reservation via the Open Table website – www.opentable.com.

If you are unable to visit our tasting rooms, however, you can place orders online by logging onto: www.milbrandtvineyards.com and www.ryanpatrickwines.com and have your wine shipped to you.

Thank you for your support during these uncertain times. We look for to serving you.

Butch Milbrandt

Airfield Estates Tasting Rooms Now Open

in Prosser, Woodinville and Vancouver

Finally! Our flagship winery and tasting room in Prosser, WA., was given permission to open on Saturday, Aug. 1, under modified Phase 1 guidelines of Governor Inslee’s plan to re-open the state’s economy. This means that we can serve in-person seated tastings on our outside patio at 50% capacity. The opening of our Prosser tasting room follows the opening of our Woodinville and Vancouver tasting rooms under Phase 2 guidelines in mid-June. In addition, all three tasting rooms are open daily for curbside pick-up of orders made by phone or online.

To provide for proper social distancing, seating capacity will be limited at all three tasting rooms, so we highly recommend that you call ahead and make a reservation before you visit. We are leaving availability for walk-ins, which will be accommodated as space allows.

For everyone’s health and safety, our staff is required to wear face coverings, and we highly encourage our guests to do the same, except when seated. To learn more about the safety measures we are taking, visit our website at: www.airfieldwines.com. We appreciate your understanding regarding these precautions and look forward to hosting you.

Currently, we are tasting 5 wines (2 whites, 2 reds and our Rosé) in all of our tasting rooms. They will be served in mini carafes as a single service format with a reusable tumbler. If you would like stemware instead, we are offering our logo wine glasses as a $4 add-on to your tasting. We will also have wine by the glass and by the bottle available for purchase.

To make a reservation at our Prosser Tasting Room, call: (509) 203-7646. To make a reservation at our Vancouver Tasting Room, call: (360) 216-1106. And to make reservations at our Woodinville Tasting Room, call: (425) 877-1006. If you prefer not to venture out, you can order all of our wines from our online wine store at www.airfieldwines.com and have them shipped to you.

Coyote Canyon Winery Open

For Outside Seated Tastings

We’re happy to tell you that, per guidelines announced by the Benton-Franklin County Health District, Coyote Canyon Winery is open again for seated tastings in our courtyard as of Saturday, Aug. 1. We will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Because we will be limited to serving only a small number of guests at any one time, reservations are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may have to wait until a table is available. To be able to accommodate as many guests as possible, we ask that you limit your visit to one hour. To make a reservation, call: (509) 786-7686. Winery staff will wear face masks at all times, and face masks must be worn by guests at all times except when seated.

We will also continue to offer curbside pick-up of wine ordered by phone or from our on-line wine store. To order by phone, call (509) 786-7686. To order from our online wine store, visit: www.coyotecanyonwinery.com.

Coyote Canyon is located in the Winemakers Loft in Prosser’s Vintner’s Village at 357 Port Ave. St., Prosser, WA. 99350. Our entire staff looks forward to serving you in-person again.

Mike and Marti Andrews

Brian Carter’s Woodinville and Vancouver

Tasting Rooms Reopen under Phase 2 Guidelines

It’s happening! It’s been a VERY long few months, and we’ve missed you dearly. We are so, so happy to finally announce that both our Woodinville and Vancouver Tasting Rooms have reopened under Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan to reopen the state’s economy. To meet safety requirements and still provide the amazing service you have become accustomed to, we’ll be changing things up a bit. Our friendly staff will continue to go out of their way to make you feel at home, and the wines will only taste that much better after such a long absence. Following are the measures we’ve put into place to help ease us into reopening, though we hope to have more wiggle room as time goes on.

Reservations Required: To enable us to more easily comply with state requirements that limit the number of guests that we are able to accommodate at any time, all visits will be open by appointment only.

Limited Capacity: Our online reservation system will allow us to monitor and limit the number of guests we host to 50% capacity.

Seated Service: All guests will be greeted and seated by our hosts. We kindly ask that you do not move or reconfigure tables, as they have been carefully arranged in such a way to maintain appropriate social distancing standards.

60-Minute Seatings: 60-minute reservations will be offered during our new, temporary hours of operation, Wed – Sun, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Fridays until 6 p.m.

Tastings: We will offer abbreviated flights of 4 wines for $10. Guests are also welcome to purchase wines by the glass or bottle for enjoyment at the Tasting Room. And it goes without saying that we’re always happy to send you home with a bottle (or case) of your favorite wine.

Health & Safety: Your host will wear a mask and gloves at all times during your visit. We will require all guests to wear a mask as well while walking to their seats or moving about the grounds and Tasting Room. Guests may remove masks while seated. Also, for safety reasons, will be not be able to accommodate pets or minors in either tasting room until further notice.

To make a reservation at our Woodinville Tasting Room, call (425) 806-9463, or email: info@briancartercellars.com. To make a reservation at our Vancouver Tasting room, call (360) 216-1444, or email: vancouver@briancartercellars.com.

After Four-Months of Waiting

Avennia Winery is Open Again

After nearly a four-month closure, Avennia Winery is open again under Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s plan to reopen the state’s economy. The winery’s tasting room in Woodinville, WA., is open on a reservation-only basis. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests,” explained tasting room manager Andrew Bradshaw. “Therefore, we will be following the guidelines set forth by King County and the State of Washington.” To reserve a tasting appointment, call (425) 482-4364.

Avennia’s tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. for tasting appointments as well as for pre-ordered wine pickups. The winery is also offering delivery within King County on any order of $150 or more. And ground shipping is included on all wine purchases of $250 or more. “If you want your wine quicker, we are offering discounted rates on all overnight shipments,” Bradshaw added..

Avennia’s tasting room is located at 19255 Woodinville-Snohomish Road N.E., Suite #1, Woodinville, WA. 98072.

If you can’t get to Woodinville, however, you can purchase all of our wines from our online wine store at www.avennia.com/wines..

Tsillan Cellars Tasting Rooms in Chelan

and Woodinville Are Open for Business

We at Tsillan Cellars are happy to announce that our tasting rooms in Chelan and Woodinville have reopened. Our Woodinville tasting room has moved into Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen the state’s economy, and our Chelan tasting room, as well as Sorrento’s Ristorante, are now operating under modified Safe Start Phase 1.5 guidelines.

We cannot thank our customers and loyal wine club members enough for their continuous support over the last few months. Now that we are back open, we are so excited to see all your faces in Woodinville and Chelan again.

Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan means that we are able to operate at 50% capacity at our Woodinville tasting room and accommodate seated tastings, glass pours, bottle purchases and wine-club pick-ups. Reservations are required for tastings in Woodinville, which is now open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. To make a reservation at our Woodinville tasting room, call (425) 482-5976 or e-mail molly@tsillancellars.com. to make a reservation.

Under modified Phase 1.5 guidelines, our Chelan tasting room and Sorrento’s Ristorante must operate at 25% capacity. Under these guidelines, tables will be placed six feet apart with no more than five people allowed at any one table. Reservations are not required to taste wine at our Chelan tasting room, which will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations, however, are required at Sorrento’s Ristorante. To make a reservation, call (509) 682-9463, or visit OpenTable.com.

The health and well being of our guests are our number one priority. Masks are required to be worn by all staff, extra cleaning and sanitizing measures are being taken, staff temperatures are checked before starting each shift and six feet of social distancing is strongly emphasized.

Even though things may look a little different right now, guests can still enjoy the same great estate wines, take in the same majestic views, and create unforgettable memories. We hope to see you soon.

If you can’t get to either of Tsillan Cellars tasting room, remember that you can purchase all of our wines via our online wine store at: www.tsillancellars.com/wines.

Frichette Winery Re-Opens

For Outside Seated Tastings

Per guidelines released by the Benton-Franklin County Health District, Frichette Winery, located in Benton City on Washington’s famed Red Mountain, re-opened for outdoor seated tastings on Saturday, Aug. 1. “We’ll be open daily with outdoor seating on our covered patio,“ explains Shae Frichette, co-owner of the winery, along with her husband Greg.

Because the number of guests that can be accommodated at any one time is limited, reservations for a wine experience are recommended, but walk-ins will be seated as space allows. Winery staff will wear face masks at all times, and face masks must be worn by guests at all times except when they are seated.

“We are open from noon to 5 p.m. daily,” adds Frichette, ”but we stay open a little later on Saturdays, taking our last appointment at 7 p.m. Along with wine, we are offering cheese plates and a beautiful flatbread.” Guests can make a reservation online at: www.frichettewinery.com/wine-tasting, or by calling (509) 426-3227.

Frichette Winery is located at 39412 N. Sunset Road, Benton City, WA. 99320.   If you prefer not to stay for a seated tasting, the winery is still offering curbside pick-up. You can order wine online or by phone, then drive out to the winery, where a staff member will place your order in your trunk.

Celebration Aims to Highlight Walla Walla

Valley Wine with Valley-Wide Library Pour

The Walla Walla Valley’s signature wine event, Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine — The World of Syrah, was scheduled to be held July 16-18, 2020. However, because of health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus, the event has been rescheduled for July 15-17, 2021. The postponement of the event, however, is not stopping the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley from celebrating this summer.  Walla Walla wineries are currently operating under Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s plan to restart the state’s economy.

Walla Walla Valley wine enthusiasts can join in on this Summer Celebration through a Valley-Wide Library Pour, virtual talks with winemakers, wine bundles available for purchase, and more. These festivities have been designed to cater to all audiences, with both virtual and redesigned in-person experiences aligned to the phases of reopening the state’s economy.

“With large scale tasting events on hold for this year, we wanted to provide a different way for wineries and wine enthusiasts to celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine together,” says Robert Hansen, Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. “The Summer Celebration will allow people to engage with and enjoy Walla Walla Valley wine, whether they are near or far.”

In place of the original event dates (July 16-19), Walla Walla Valley wineries are teaming up to host a Valley-Wide Library Pour. This event offers attendees the opportunity to taste exclusive, vintage wines. To recreate this experience outside of a large tasting event, 30 participating wineries are adding library wines to their tasting lineups for the weekend. Patrons are encouraged to make appointments with the participating wineries of their choice to ensure their ability to partake.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning July 9, Walla Walla Valley winemakers and principals will be taking over the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance’s Instagram feed to conduct engaging, ten-minute discussions on various topics related to the wine industry. Topics include “Growing Up and Coming Back to the Walla Walla Valley”, “Most Misunderstood Things about the Walla Walla Valley & Winemaking” and more. Over the course of the month, there will be nine sessions with 18 total guests featured in the series.

In addition, select retailers across the Northwest including Belle & Bottle in Seattle, will be offering “Grand Tasting” bundles, showcasing some of the most popular wine varietals in the Valley. These creative wine packages will allow wine lovers to get a taste of what the Walla Walla Valley has to offer.

A list of participating wineries, featured speakers and wines can be found online at www.celebratewallawalla.com/summer-celebration.

About Celebrate Walla Walla Valley

Formed by the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance in 2013, Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine is the region’s signature wine event held annually. The event series is structured to showcase a different wine varietal each year, historically focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Over the course of three days, the events demonstrate how wines can vary among the world’s leading regions resulting from different growing conditions, winemaking styles, and vineyards through special tastings of rare vintage wines, educational seminars, and one-of-a-kind winemaker dinners.

About the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is a nonprofit wine industry membership organization whose primary mission is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners.  The Wine Alliance functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media and trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry. For more information about the Walla Walla Valley’s Summer Celebration, call: (509) 526-3117.

Amavi Cellars, Pepper Bridge Winery

Are Open for Business in Walla Walla,

Woodinville and Vancouver

We are happy to announce that Pepper Bridge Winery and our sister winery Amavi Cellars have re-opened our tasting rooms in Walla Walla, Woodinville and Vancouver, WA., under Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan to reopen the economy. Phase 2 allows wineries to operate at 50% occupancy with groups of no more than five people.

The health and safety of our visitors is the number one priority at all of our tasting rooms. With that in mind, all of our employees have their temperatures taken upon arrival and all employees are required to wear masks at all times while working with customers. In addition, tasting and seated areas are spaced six feet apart and must remain so at all times. All guests are encouraged to use hand sanitizer, which is provided at the entrances of all tasting rooms. And finally, all tasting menus are single-use and will be replaced between tastings.

To be able to accommodate everyone who wants to experience an in-person tasting at one of our three tasting rooms, we are requiring tasting reservations. You can make a reservation by calling the tasting room you wish to visit. Phone numbers for each tasting room are as follows: Walla Walla Tasting Room – Amavi Cellars (509) 525-3541; Walla Walla Tasting Room – Pepper Bridge Winery (509) 525-6502; Shared Tasting Room in Woodinville (425) 483-7026; Shared Tasting Room in Vancouver (360) 726-6119. You can also make a tasting reservation by visiting either winery’s website – www.amavicellars.com and www.pepperbridge.com.

L’Ecole No. 41 Now Open

Under Phase 2 Guidelines

Walla Walla’s L’Ecole No. 41 Winery is now open daily under Phase 2 guidelines. To provide a safe experience for all customers, reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins are also welcomed but will potentially require a short wait time. Aside from the option of indoor seated tastings, guests may opt to enjoy the beautiful deck and L’Ecole’s spacious back yard.

The winery also continues to offer curbside pickups daily as well as free local delivery of four or more bottles. And, of course, you can still order wine online by logging onto: www.lecole.com or by calling (509) 525-0940. L’Ecole No. 41 is located at 41 Lowden School Rd., Walla Walla, WA. 99362.

Forgeron Cellars’ Walla Walla Tasting Room

Is Now Open Under Phase 2 Guidelines

Planning a trip to wine country? We at Forgeron Cellars would love to host you at our Downtown Walla Walla Winery, taste through some barrels and pop some corks with you. Just don’t forget that the new tasting room hours in Walla Walla are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays only, or by appointment anytime. Just call ahead so that we can make sure that we are ready for you and your group of up to five people.

With an extended stay-at-home order in King County, we are unable to welcome you into our Woodinville Tasting Room for wine tasting at this point, but we remain available for curbside pick-ups and virtual tastings. We want to thank everyone who has participated in our virtual tastings; they have been such a success that we will continue to host them for our pleasure and your entertainment, even after the pandemic has subsided.

If you are unable to join us online during our group virtual tastings, all you need to do is to call us to schedule a personal, virtual wine tasting experience. We can suggest wines, pairings, and have a fun and informational chat about Forgeron, wine, wine country, and more. Each virtual tasting experience will be hosted by our head winemaker, Cody Janett and/or your favorite staff member.

Don’t hesitate to contact us about special offers, purchases and more. Our phone number in Walla Walla is (509) 522-9463 and our phone number in Woodinville is (425) 242-8872. Our staff is here to make your life easier and cater to all of your wine needs.

Terra Blanca Announces Re-Opening

of Red Mountain Tasting Room

  • It has finally happened. Our Red Mountain tasting room is now open under modified Phase 1 of Governor Inslee’s plan to re-open the state’s economy. Under modified Phase 1 guidelines, only wineries that have on-site commercial kitchens are allowed to serve food and offer in-person wine tastings. Because we have a commercial kitchen, we can do both. Along with being able to open under modified Phase 1, we have a handful of changes, including the introduction of a new online reservation system, a brand-new dinner program, plus much more. Following are some of the changes you can expect to see.Red Mountain Tasting Room hours are back to 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Seated wine tastings will be available in the Courtyard.
  • Our Vineyard Grill hours have been updated. We are now serving lunch every Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seating is available on the terrace with socially-distanced tables.
  • Our Dinners To-Go program is transitioning to Dinners On The Terrace, featuring a fixed menu with choices of main course that can be enjoyed either here on the Terrace or to-go. Dinners will be offered every Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Our Red Mountain Market will be held every Thursday night from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Thursday Aug. 27. The Market features local vendors, a barbeque dinner prepared by Chef Vande Berg and wine by the glass or bottle to enjoy on the terrace or out on the lawn. Masks will be required for both guest and vendor participation.

Reservations are recommended for seated wine tastings, for lunch on the terrace, and for Dinners On the Terrace. To make a reservation for any of our activities, visit: www.exploretock.com/terrablanca or call (509) 588-6082. Terra Blanca’s Red Mountain tasting room is located at 34715 N DeMoss Road, Benton City, WA., 99320. We look forward to having you back at the winery and can’t wait to see you again.

Terra Blanca’s Spokane Tasting Room opened several weeks ago under Phase 2 guidelines, which means they can operate at 50% capacity. Tasting Room hours in Spokane are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. All employees, as well as all guests, are required to wear face masks in accordance with state mandate. The Spokane Tasting Room is located at 926 W Sprague Ave Space 100, Spokane, WA 99201. Phone: (509) 340-9140.

If you can’t get to our Red Mountain or Spokane tasting rooms, you can buy or wines via our online wine store at: https://shop.terrablanca.com/Shop-For-Wines.

Keith & Renae Pilgrim

Owners, Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

Zillah Wineries Finally Get O.K.

to Open for In-Person Tastings

Wineries in Yakima County, which include 20-plus wineries in the agricultural community of Zillah, WA., have finally gotten approval to offer tastings to their customers, some for the first time since the end of the 2019 tourism season and others since early March. The journey hasn’t been without bumps in the road, and many Zillah and Yakima area wineries were instrumental in getting the new regulations approved.

When the county was moved to modified Phase 1 on July 3rd, wineries in the Yakima Valley did a rapid restructure to move forward with offering outdoor tastings in time for the holiday weekend. The new regulations appeared to give them the green light to do so. Unfortunately, on Sunday, July 12th, the State Department of Health modified its ruling, declaring that only wineries with a level 2 or 3 restaurant license could offer outdoor tastings, shutting down the majority of wineries once again..

In the midst of all the confusion, a meeting was held at Bonair Winery in Zillah, on July 16th. Attendees included Ryan Ibach, chief operating officer of the Yakima Health District, Shawn Magee, Environmental Health Director of the Yakima Health District, Senator Jim Honeyford, State Representative Bruce Chandler, County Commissioner Vickie Baker, Wine Yakima Valley’s Barbara Glover, dozens of winery owners and representatives of the Zillah Chamber of Commerce. Several people spoke on behalf of the wineries’ ability to offer outdoor tastings in a safe manner, with plenty of social distancing, and all safety protocol followed.

The Yakima Health District, in conjunction with many industry representatives, advocated for the safe re-opening of wineries, emphasizing significant improvement of Covid-19 data for Yakima County. On July 29th, these recommendations were approved and new Modified Phase 1 regulations were put in place by the WA State Department of Health, including outdoor seating as of August 1st. Zillah area wineries took action to move quickly and prepare to welcome customers once again, in the safest manner possible.

With people desperate to find a safe outdoor activity, and Zillah offering primarily estate wineries located on expansive parcels of property, it’s the perfect definition of social distancing. A few of the wineries also welcome visitors to take a hike or a stroll through their vineyards. Several Zillah wineries are also ‘Harvest Hosts Campgrounds’ and welcome overnight RV’s and trailers through this program.

Current regulations only allow members of the same household, in groups up to 5, to be seated together. Masks are required until customers are seated, and tables are distanced.

There are 16 Zillah area wineries participating as of August 1st. They include Velen Winery, Dineen Vineyards, Simcoe Creek Winery, Paradisos del Sol Winery & Organic Vineyard, Cultura Wine, Silver Lake Winery at Roza Hills, J Bell Cellars, VanArnam Vineyards, Two Mountain Winery, Knight Hill Winery, Hyatt Vineyards, Severino Cellars, Portteus Winery, Freehand Cellars, Bonair Winery. Fortuity Cellars will celebrate their grand opening with regular hours starting August 14th. Hours and details can be found on the Zillah Chamber of Commerce Facebook event “Let’s Enjoy Zillah Wines”.

You can find a bite to eat and additional menu items offered at select wineries. Of note are J Bell Cellars, VanArnam Vineyards and Freehand Cellars (weekends only). Paradisos del Sol Winery is once again offering their signature Sip, Sip, Bite, Sip – which is an eight-course micro mini Lilliputian winemaker dinner for winetasting, seven days a week.

Among the wineries currently offering vineyard hikes are Tanjuli Winery, Bonair Winery and Paradisos del Sol.

Wineries still offering pickup orders without tastings as of August 1st include Sheridan Vineyard, Bosma Estate Winery, Ruby Magdalena Vineyards, Masset Winery, Tanjuli Winery, Maison de Padgett, Horizon’s Edge Winery and Mas Chapell Winery

Contact information for all Zillah wineries can be found by logging onto: www.discoverwashingtonwine.com. When the site opens, click on the “Wineries” tab at the top of the page. When the “Wineries” page opens, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page until you find the list of Zillah wineries.