Wineries

A unique collection of wineries—including some of the state's hottest up-and-coming producers and some of its most famous—has popped up in and around Washington's largest city, which is about 200 miles from the nearest vineyard producing substantial quantities of quality grapes. The densest concentration of wineries in the region is centered in Woodinville, a suburb about 20 miles by car northeast of the city center. It is home to Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery, two of the biggest producers in the state. For the smaller wineries, you may need to make an appointment to open a few of the doors.

Please note that prices, hours of operation and wine availability can often change, and we recommend that you call ahead before you go.

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Columbia Winery
14030 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Telephone: (425) 488-2776
Website: www.columbiawinery.com
Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Fri, until 7 p.m.)
Tasting Fee: $12 - $25

Ten friends—including six University of Washington professors—launched Columbia in 1962, and it was the first premium winery to open in Woodinville. Today the winery is under the ownership of E. & J. Gallo, which has revamped the portfolio but continues to source grapes from key appellations in Columbia and Yakima Valleys, including Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain and Wahluke Slope. Visitors can sample the major bottlings as well as small-lot tasting room exclusives. On your way out, stop by the store to purchase any of the wines by the bottle or cases at 15 percent off (25% off for club members).

DeLille Cellars
14208 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
Telephone: (425) 489-0544
Website: www.delillecellars.com
Open: Sun–Thurs, 12–5 p.m.; Fri, 12–7 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (last tastings start 30 minutes prior to closing)
Tasting Fee: $15 - $50

You'll discover a gravity-flow winery, residential-style reception area, lake and hillside gardens but no vineyard—the only thing missing from the wine-country experience you get at DeLille. The Carriage House tasting room provides a relaxed, intimate environment, with indoor and outdoor tableside tastings, to sample the portfolio: Bordeaux-style red and white blends, the single-vineyard Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Red Mountain, and Rhône varietals under the Doyenne label. Reserve and library tastings are available, with a reservation, for a higher fee.

Di Stefano Winery
18648 142nd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Telephone: (425) 487-1648
Website: www.distefanowinery.com
Open: Friday-Saturday 12-7 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m., or by appointment
Tasting Fee: $10

Matthews Cellars
16116 140th Place N.E.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Telephone: (425) 487-9810
Website: www.matthewscellars.com/
Open: Daily, 12–6 p.m., Friday, 12–9 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10

Chateau Ste. Michelle
14111 N.E. 145 Street
Woodinville, WA 98072
Telephone: (425) 488-1133
Website: www.ste-michelle.com
Open: Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free tours 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tasting Fee: Free

Founded in 1934 and now the centerpiece of the state's largest wine company, Washington's oldest winery is set on 105 acres in Woodinville, where it continues to make its white wines, though the reds are made at the company's Canoe Ridge Estate winery in eastern Washington. There's a wide range of wines to try: Columbia Valley values; the Indian Wells reds and whites; single-vineyard bottlings from Canoe Ridge, Cold Creek and Horse Heaven Hills; the high-end Ethos Reserve and Artist Series; Eroica Rieslings from its partnership with Germany's Dr. Loosen and limited-release, tasting-room exclusives. As such, Chateau Ste. Michelle offers a variety of tours and tastings, from a 35-minute complimentary overview to garden tours, by-appointment-only tastings of Col Solare (the winery's partnership with Italy's famed Antinori family), library wine and small-bite pairings and the "Ultimate" 90-minute tour and tasting of high-end wines paired with cheese, charcuterie, fruit and sweets. In the summer, the winery hosts concerts on the grounds.

Cadence Winery
9320 15th Ave. S., Unit CF
Seattle, WA 98108
Telephone: (206) 381-9507
Website: www.cadencewinery.com
Open: Tastings and tours by appointment only

Tasting Fee: Free

Ben Smith makes his wines from Red Mountain grapes, primarily those grown on his own 10-acre parcel of land out there. But his desire to stay in the city led him to set up shop in a former auto mechanic's garage in the industrial section of south Seattle. The winery and tasting room is convenient to I-5 and the West Seattle Bridge. Expect to try very good to outstanding blends made mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

O-S Winery
5319 4th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
Telephone: (206) 243-3427
Website: www.oswinery.com
Open: Tastings and tours by appointment only
Tasting Fee: $5

Formerly known as Owen-Sullivan Winery and founded by two partners in 1997, OS winery moved in 2014 out of its cramped space in a small industrial park. Now owned just by Rob Sullivan, the winery continues to make small lots of heady wines, mostly red, which are in high demand.

The Tasting Room (at Pike Place)
1924 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: (206) 770-9463
Website: www.winesofwashington.com
Open: Sun–Thurs, 12–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12–10 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10

Silver Lake Tasting Room
15029 Woodinville-Redmond Road
Woodinville, WA 98072
Telephone: (425) 485-2437
Website: www.silverlakewinery.com/tastingRooms.php
Open: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 12–5 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $5

Nota Bene Cellars
9320 15th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108
Telephone: (206) 459-2785
Website: www.notabenecellars.com
Open: By appointment
Tasting Fee: $5

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