The Winelands of Washington
Posted December 17th 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,
Visitors may be acquainted with the delicious wines served in Seattle’s thriving and fast growing restaurants and bars, but if you delve deeper into the state you’ll find close to 950 individual wine makers, many of which are small, personal producers with great stories to tell, centered around the Walla Walla, Yakima and Tri-Cities valleys.
Set against a backdrop of beautiful landscapes and rich regional histories, the Walla Walla, Yakima and Tri-Cities valleys offer visitors the chance to meet the people and learn the stories behind some of the very best award-winning American wines.
Walla Walla Valley
Walla Walla really established itself as a leader in Washington wine production in the 1970s and 80s and is home to some of the world’s distinguished wine producers including Va Piano Estate, Gramercy Cellarsand Woodward Canyon.
Spanning almost 3,000 acres, the Walla Walla region boasts over 120 wineries currently producing some of the most wonderful Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and Syrahs you’ll ever sample.
Start from the pretty town of Walla Walla. A walk down tree-lined streets reveals a funky mix of vintage shops, boutiques, cafes, bookstores, tasting rooms, restaurants and more. Add in the numerous pieces of public art and special events, like Feast Walla Walla, the seasonal Farmers Market and outdoor concerts, and you start to see why its downtown has been recognised time and again, as one of the best small town Main Streets in the USA.
The wine tasting experiences here can be most innovative! Take a tour by air flying over the region to enjoy the views mixed with a wine tasting tour https://www.winewithwings.net/. Or drive a Tesla electric sports car (before the wine tasting perhaps, not after!) https://www.teslawinerytours.com/about/. Or see if you might be skilled as a startup Vintner with the blending experience at Northstar wineries. The team will even equip you with packaging to keep your unique bottle safe on the return flight home to the UK and Ireland!
Yakima and Tri-Cities
Yakima and Tri-Cities are perfect bases for those planning a longer stay in Washington’s wine valleys and offer plenty of accommodation. Yakima Valley is home to around 120 of Washington’s wineries producing a diverse range of wines including Tempranillo, Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc. Here you can enjoy many wine trails, not least of which is to go horse riding through vineyards!
Not to be outdone, the area around Tri-Cities hosts some of Washington State’s most renowned vineyards including Klipsun, Kiona, and Hedges. Tri-Cities is on the same latitude as the great Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France and has rich volcanic soil and perfect temperatures. 26 varieties of grapes are grown in the area.
Woodinville Wine Country
If visitors want to stay closer to Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country should not be missed. It’s nestled in the beautiful Sammamish River Valley just 30 minutes northeast of Seattle. Woodinville is home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms as well as several microbreweries, distilleries and cideries. With over 30 restaurants and eateries, it makes for an ideal half or full day wine experience as part of a Seattle city break.
Seattle Wine Tours
Wineries right in the city? Tucked away in the Pike Place Market, in a historic brick building, in metal buildings in industrial parks, and even in the basement of a home in a quiet residential neighbourhood, are hidden some of the Seattle area’s most interesting wineries. Their wines are also noteworthy.
To book this Seattle day tour and other small group and bespoke wine tours, Woodinville wine tasting and one to three plus day experiences in the wine regions contact Bon Vivant Wine Tours.
There are daily direct flights from Seattle and Tri-Cities to Walla Walla. For those wishing to travel by car or coach, it’s a four and a half hour drive from Seattle. Accommodation in Walla Walla ranges from hotels and motels through to B&Bs, historic guesthouses and RV parks.