September 18, 2017
Though the vast majority of Washington’s grapes are grown on the state’s eastern “dry side,” many of its top-quality winemakers have set up shop on the west side.
Woodinville, a town of just over 10,000 people and situated 30 minutes northeast of Seattle, has become a major national draw for wine tourists. Its location is ideal, since one could taste all day in its bucolic setting and still make it to Seattle for dinner that evening or an extended Northwest stay.
Woodinville’s wineries and wine bars — now numbering more than 140 — are found in four areas: the Warehouse, Downtown, Hollywood and West Valley districts.
Known for: Since most Washington grapes are grown in vineyards across the Cascades, western Washington wineries can be located in village-like atmospheres, making it easier to taste more varieties in one day. woodinvillewinecountry.com
For the first-timer: Chateau St. Michelle is still Washington wine’s grand dame, and offers much more than tastings at its expansive estate: Tour the winery and the parklike grounds, or take in a concert during summer. ste-michelle.com>>>Read entire article featuring DeLille Cellars, Willows Lodge and more on AZCentral