Washington is known for many things — the forest, the seemingly never-ending supply of rain, and now, the wine. In the last couple of decades, Washington wineries have made a name for themselves. Our climate and our soil make for some excellent wine grapes, and vintners from all over the globe have flocked to our region to try their hand at producing wine. The 425 staff has curated a list of some of the most beautiful, legendary, and delicious Washington wineries for you to explore in the waning days of Washington wine month (or any other time of year).
Precept Wine’s Washington Vineyard Estates
House Wine by Precept Wine is a privately-owned, globally known, Washington wine. Affordable, accessible, and most importantly, enjoyable, House Wine makes a number of different types of the beverage. Lucky for you, Precept has three vineyard estates in Washington. Canoe Ridge Vineyard in Walla Walla produces Bordeaux varietals, mainly Merlot. Waterbrook, also in Walla Walla, makes “fruit-forward, food-friendly wines at an exceptional value.” Willow Crest in Prosser makes aromatic white wines, like Pinot Gris and Riesling.
Want a little wine to go with a breathtaking view? Maryhill Winery in Goldendale is the place to go. Set along the stunning Columbia Gorge, Maryhill has an amphitheater on site where visitors can catch a concert while they soak up the scenery and wine. With a huge list of classic reds and whites, there will be something to please every palate at Maryhill Winery.
Fletcher Bay Winery
You don’t have to head east of the mountains to taste Washington wine. Everyone knows about Woodinville, but what about Bainbridge? The island has quite a few happening little wineries making wine with Washington-grown grapes. One of our favorites is Fletcher Bay Winery. The waterfront location, the fun-filled events, and the lovely overnight accommodations are sure to be crowd-pleasers. A wide variety of tasty and affordable reds, whites, and fruit wines are also worth noting.
Woodinville Wine Country is a taste of paradise in our own backyard. While it’s hard to choose which Woodinville-area wineries make the cut on such a short list, JM Cellars is an easy choice. A gorgeous location, delectable food, and of course, world-class wine made with grapes grown in the state, make this winery a must-see. JM Cellars produces a huge variety of reds, whites, and everything in between, so there’s no excuse for wine-lovers to miss this local staple.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Of course Chateau Ste. Michelle is on this list! It’s the winery we all know and love. Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington’s oldest winery, and it produces some of our most beloved wines. The winery sources Washington’s finest grapes to make product sold all over the state and around the world. Throw in annual events for wine and food lovers and a summer concert series worth traveling for, and you’ve got a must-visit location. Red, white, or bubbly, Chateau Ste. Michelle has something for everyone.