Whether you're seeking a grape stompin' festival in the country or a Northwest wine event in the heart of Seattle, Washington has something to please everyone who likes to pair their wine with their travel.
Situated on approximately the same latitude as the famous French regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, Washington State has an ideal climate for growing grapes. As the country’s second largest producer of premium vinifera wine, Washington has an established international reputation for its diverse collection of fine Chardonnays, Merlots, Cabernets and Rieslings. Other varietals, such as Syrah and Cabernet Franc, are new additions showing great promise.
Visitors have an extensive choice. More than 150 wineries are located throughout the state’s four viticulture appellations. However, not all wineries are open to the public. Check for details in the publication, Touring the Washington Wine Country, published annually by the Washington Wine Commission, www.washingtonwine.org.
For a fun get-away, family-owned wineries located in the rural farming communities of eastern Washington give tourists the chance to meet the winemakers in person and to taste their newest vintage from the barrel. For a day-trip, visit some of the nation’s best estate vineyards in Woodinville, less than an hour’s drive from Seattle.
OFF THE APPELLATION TRACK – Click here for more information.
THE COLUMBIA VALLEY APPELLATION – Click here for more information.
THE PUGET SOUND APPELLATION – Click here for more information.
THE RED MOUNTAIN SUB-APPELLATION – Click here for more information.
THE WALLA WALLA VALLEY APPELLATION – Click here for more information.
THE YAKIMA VALLEY APPELLATION – Click here for more information.