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Washington's 43,000-acre Wine Country
Set in eastern Washington, the Tri-City area encompasses the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, and is set within the Columbia Valley AVA.
Southeastern Washington’s warm dry weather results in incredible Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling – not to mention some the oldest and most renowned wineries in the state.
The Tri-City area – plus nearby Washington towns like Sunnyside and Prosser – play host to more than 20 wineries and wine events in the area. Don’t miss Spring Barrel Weekend in late April at the Bookwalter Winery, or the Barnard Griffin Farmers Market starting in May at the Barnard Griffin Winery.
Make your way to Badger Mountain & Powers Winery – a certified organic winery in Kennewick – for a look at the vast Bill Powers’ Vineyards. Set atop Badger Mountain, the tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For another scenic view from a tasting room, visit the Anelare Winery during the weekends from noon to 6 p.m.
Washington is home to more than a few other wineries in not only the Columbia Valley, but the rest of the state. Explore the many vineyards of the Buty Winery in the Walla Walla region, or step inside the RockWall Cellars Tasting Room in Omak, set in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
For another scenic escape, this time on the Washington coast, visit the Westport Winery in Aberdeen near Ocean Shores. Westport Winery encompasses a farm, a sculpture garden, a restaurant, and a tasting room. Tastings are available daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
Plan your next trip for eastern Washington and head for Spokane – you won't want to miss a tour of the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Whether your a fan of reds like Merlot and Malbec, or if your flavors lean to the lighter side with white win classics like Chardonnay, you'll find a fine and varied selection at the Arbor Crest.
Opened in 1982, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is one of the premier wineries in the Pacific northwest. The Arbor Crest winery, also known as the Cliff House Estate, is found at the top of a 450-ft cliff, yielding stunning views of Spokane and Spokane Valley.
If you're looking to host an event, party, reception, or even a wedding, check out the Arbor Crest Winery as they provide a wealth of options for catering.
Badger Mountain Vineyard
Covering 80 acres west of Kennewick, Badger Mountain Vineyard was established in 1982 by Bill Powers and his son Greg. In 1990, the vineyard was Washington's first to become a Certified Organic winegrape vineyard, as every wine is produced from organic-grown grapes.
Powers was awarded the lifetime achievement award, from the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. While in eastern Washington, visit the winery's Tasting Room to sample some of the wonderful variety of wines.
The selection includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah. The Tasting Room sits atop of Badger Mountain, providing incredible views of the vineyard and surrounding valley.
Set on the beautiful Bainbridge Island, near Seattle in Washington's Puget Sound, Bainbridge Vineyards is a six-acre vineyard ideal for visitors. Head to the Tasting Room on weekends from noon to 5 p.m., or try a Vineyard Tour on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Bainbridge Vineyards prides itself in harvesting 100 percent island-grown wines, producing dry red Pinot Gris, six white dinner wines, and three dessert wines – amongst others. The vineyards were planted on historic Bainbridge Island farmland in 1977, and certified organic in 2014.
Check out the Barrister Winery on your next trek across eastern Washington. Found in downtown Spokane just off of I-90, the Barrister Winery opened in 2001 when owners Michael White and Greg Lipsker decided to partner up.
Specializing in red wine, the Barrister Winery has a small selection of white wine, for those who prefer it, and all the grapes used are locally grown in Washington. One of the most popular wines at Barrister is the Rough Blend, a tantalizing mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Cab Franc.
The Barrister Winery in Spokane is unique in many ways – choose it to be the site of your next business or family gathering. The Barrister Winery can also host events of up to 200 people, ideal for a quaint wedding.
Latah Creek Wine Cellars
Opened in 1982, the Latah Creek Wine Cellars is a family owned establishment in Spokane Valley. A short drive east from downtown Spokane, the Latah Creek Wine Cellars prove to be a popular destination for lovers of the reds and whites – enjoy a fine selection of wines crafted from locally grown grapes.
The Latah Creek Wine Cellars feature your favorites – try the Chardonnay, the Malbec, or the Sweet Riesling. Since 2002, Latah Creek Wine Cellars has been producing nearly 40,000 gallons of wine each year.
A unique and fun feature offered at the Latah Creek Winery is the custom and personalized labels – make the bottle a special gift for a birthday, Christmas, or wedding.
Enjoy a taste of authentic Washington wine on your next visit to Omak. As you venture across the Washington Cascades, stop by the Rockwall Cellars in Omak and enjoy a glass of red in the Heart of the Okanogan. Find the Rockwall Cellars on Nichols Road, just west of Hwy 97.
The Tasting Room at Rockwall Cellars is open nearly year round – January through April you'll find limited openings, as it's only available for tours and tastings Thursday through Saturday. In early December, check out the Rockwall Cellars as they celebrate the Annual Festival of Trees. The week prior to Thanksgiving, Rockwall Cellars hosts Ladies Night Out.
Set along Grays Harbor, Westport Winery is situated south of Aberdeen in southwest Washington. Developed by Blain and Kim Roberts in 2008, the winery produces several award-winning blends, including Westport Winery's Shorebird Chardonnay, Bordello Blonde, Charterboat Chick's Cabernet Sauvignon, Fluer de Lis Pinot Gris, and Swimmer's Last Syrah.
Visit the winery to see the unique building, designed by the Roberts, resembling a District 13 Coast Guard Station, as well as the 40-foot lighthouse. Schedule plenty of time at the winery tasting bar, to enjoy the gourmet foods, and delicious wines. Be sure to browse the selection of gifts and foods in the gift shop, before leaving.