Situated on the west side of Washington State, where the famous metropolis of Seattle is also located, is the Puget Sound wine region, the only AVA west of the Cascade Mountains. Only about 1% of the wine grapes in Washington are grown in the Puget Sound region, which includes the islands and mainland and extends east into the Cascade foothills. Many of the 100 wineries from this region bring in grapes from other areas.
The area in and around Seattle is home to numerous tasting rooms, especially Woodinville and Leavenworth. Woodinville is one of Washington’s most visited wine areas, and is home to elite winemakers and world-class wines. Leavenworth is a city modeled after a Bavarian village; take a stroll through the Nutcracker Museum before sipping wine in one of the many tasting rooms. About two hours west of Seattle there is a group of wineries, on the Northern Edge of the Olympic Peninsula, and there are various wineries located on the San Juan Islands.
Watch for locally grown varietals such as Pinot noir, Madeleine Angevine, Siegerrebe and Chasselas. These varieties thrive in the lush Puget Sound wine region, just as they do in the similar climate of the Loire Valley in France.