The hottest new wine town may not grow any grapes, but that hasn’t stopped Woodinville from becoming Washington State’s wine country hotspot. Located 30 minutes from Seattle, this quaint town is booming with wineries, tasting rooms, quality restaurants, and live music throughout the year.
Woodinville is located in the Puget Sound AVA, but most wineries here source their fruit from the warm, dry regions of the Columbia Valley in eastern Washington. There, the sandy, gravelly soils and combination of warm days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for growing Bordeaux varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, as well as syrah, riesling and chardonnay. Over 100 wineries are located in Woodinville, and many are open to visitors. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below.
1. Chateau Ste. Michelle: The first winery to make Woodinville its home, Chateau Ste. Michelle is a right of passage on your first visit, as one of the most successful and diverse wineries in the country. Open daily, 10:00am-5:00pm
2. Woodinville Warehouse Wineries: Dozens of wines being are poured in this series of quaint tasting rooms, each one of which is often not larger than a small barrel room. Mostly open weekend afternoons, call for confirmation of hours.
3. Gorman Winery: Old World varietals with a decidedly New World tasting room. Sip something delicious while playing the AC/DC pinball machine or chatting with winemaker Chris Gorman. Open M-Th 3-7pm, Fri 12-8pm, Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-5pm.
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Photo Credit: Woodinville Wine Country