If not for the Washington wine industry, few would be able to find Woodinville on a map, much less visit the community in northeastern King County. Instead, Woodinville is a major touring region, thanks primarily to Washington’s largest and oldest winery. Chateau Ste. Michelle, which dates back to 1934, relocated to Woodinville from Seattle in 1976, when its owners finished building a French-style manor that still is the most-visited winery in the Northwest at more than 300,000 patrons per year.
Thanks to a change in state law that allows wineries to have more than one tasting room, Woodinville has grown to more than 130 wineries. They are centered in two areas: the Hollywood district near Chateau Ste. Michelle and the warehouse district a few miles to the north…>>more here: The Bellingham Herald by writers Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman