Eastern Washington Wine Tourism

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Desert Wind Winery

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 Vineyards

Goose Ridge was founded in 1999 by the Monson family, multi-generational Columbia Valley farmers

J. Bookwalter Winery

The philosophy at J. Bookwalter is “focus on the people who grow our food and the environment in which it is grown, and we will inevitably produce a higher quality product.” And that’s a very good thing.

Kestrel Vintners

Kestrel View Estate Vineyard is home to the oldest continually producing Chardonnay block in the state of Washington, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot plantings dating back to 1972, and many more varieties.

Swiftwater Cellars

With a retired coal mine as its foundation and source of inspiration, Swiftwater Cellars provides wine lovers a “destination within a destination.”

van Löben Sels Cellars

Jim and Kristina believe their wines will pass the test of time and demonstrate how strategic viticulture complimented by masterful winemaking skills can produce truly world-class wine. 

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OVERVIEWTOP STORIESTASTING TRAILSEVENTS

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.