Woodinville Wine Country
Woodinville Wine Country
Sip passionately crafted wines at the boutique wineries and tasting rooms in the Woodinville Wine Country. Nestled in the Sammamish River Valley, 25 minutes northeast of our luxury Seattle hotel, Woodinville is a charming haven for wine makers, with 40 wineries that produce celebrated wines that inspire wine lovers. Experience a wine tasting adventure - from the historic vineyards of Chateau St. Michelle to boutique wineries like Edmonds Winery, Monolith and Hollywood Hill Vineyards. Held in April, "Passport to Woodinville," lets wine lovers pay a single fee for a glass and a "passport" to tour local wineries. The area hosts a holiday open house in early December with splendid winery festivities. Visit www.woodinvillewinecountry.com.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle - Washington State's oldest winery - is a French-style chateau that pioneered vinifera grape growing in Columbia Valley. Mixing modern viticultural research with classic winemaking traditions, Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoys international acclaim for its world-class Chardonnays, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons. Chateau Ste. Michelle was named "American Winery of the Year 2004" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine Magazine. The historic winery offers tasting tours of its wine cellars and barrel aging rooms. Visit www.ste-michelle.com.
Washington State's first premium winery and one of the largest in the state, Columbia Winery uses European vinifera vines to craft varietals of distinctive wines. Located in the Columbia Valley - on the same latitude as the premium wine areas of France - Columbia Winery crafts excellent red wines such as Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, dry white wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Pinot Gris, and exceptional Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Columbia Winery also offers a David Lake Signature Series of fine wines that include the state's first Syrah. Visit www.columbiawinery.com.
Using grapes grown in the Red Mountain area at the extreme eastern end of the Yakima Valley, Hedges Cellars crafts flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with an intense deep color, bold aromas, and surprising richness, balance, strength and age worthiness. The winery also produces an excellent Fume, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, which can be sampled in their Issaquah tasting room. Visit www.hedgescellars.com.