Chateau Ste. Michelle is the world’s largest producer of the white wine…

The world’s largest producer of riesling wines is not in California, or France, or even Germany, the country of its rieslings’ origin. It is, in fact, in the greater Seattle area, at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

More than 2 million cases of riesling — over 24 million bottles — are produced annually at the winery’s headquarters in suburban Woodinville. The white grapes are grown and pressed in eastern Washington’s Columbia Valley, between Yakima and the Tri-Cities, then carried across the Cascades in tanker trucks for final processing and bottling.

Riesling is an aromatic white wine with a flowery nose and high acidity. Often identified as a “sweet” wine, it can also be semisweet and even dry, and may be structured as a sparkling wine. Rarely blended and seldom oaked, it is considered one of the top three white-wine varietals along with chardonnay and sauvignon blanc>>>read entire article on The Bulletin