The Tri-Cities is located in the heart of Washington wine country in the center of the Pacific Northwest, about a three and one-half hour drive from Seattle and Portland.
Located at the foot of the Horse Heaven Hills in the Yakima Valley AVA, Desert Wind Winery pays homage to the area’s arid, hot climate with its name, handcrafted wines, and distinctive style of hospitality.
Goose Ridge was founded in 1999 by the Monson family, multi-generational Columbia Valley farmers
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Kestrel Vintners prides itself in moving nimbly to meet the demands of the marketplace.
With a retired coal mine as its foundation and source of inspiration, Swiftwater Cellars provides wine lovers a “destination within a destination.”
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Across the Cascade Mountain Range is a much different version of Washington than the cold, damp stereotype. While the evergreen forests, perpetual rain and snow-capped peaks of the west often characterize the state, it is among the dry, arid, sloping hills of Eastern Washington that many have found ideally suited for grape growing and winemaking. Washington produces the nation's second largest amount of wine after California and is also the fastest growing: Eastern Washington wineries have jumped from a mere 19 in the early 1990s to 170 wineries today, and just as the number of wineries has increased, so has the prestige of Washington wines.
Still, all this growth and excitement over Eastern Washington wines has done nothing to damper the hospitality and small town feel of the region. Many tasting rooms still let visitors taste free of charge, since those who visit often come with the intend of purchasing the quality Rieslings, Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots that this area is known for. Of the five designated appellations in the state, four are located in Eastern Washington, making it a convenient destination for those who wish to visit several distinct appellations during the coarse of their weekend (or more) visit.
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Begin your wine tasting while taking a stroll down the diverse and luscious landscaping at Mercer Estates. Next, head west on Lee Ln and arrive at Alexandria Nicole on your right to check out the Prosser Tasting Room, home of the Wine Club room located behind sliding bookcases. Continue to head west on Lee Ln for a nice scenic picnic at Kestrel Winery. Right down the street on Lee, you’ll notice an abundance of red umbrellas signaling your arrival at Heaven’s Cave Cellars’ Tasting Room. Afterwards, head southeast on Lee Rd. You will have to turn left to stay on this road until you have to make a right onto Benitz Rd. After about 300 feet, turn right onto Wine Country Rd before taking the 3rd left onto WA-22 W. Finally, take the 1st left onto Frontier Rd to arrive at Snoqualmie Winery for some organically certified wine.