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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.
For more wineries worldwide, see our Winery Search database.Columbia Winery
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
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
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
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
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)
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