Seattle/Woodinville

Located just 30 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle, charming Woodinville wine country is a showcase for almost every AVA in the state.
 
In the past 20 years, Woodinville has grown from the pastoral home of Washington's first and largest winery (Chateau Ste. Michelle) to a chic little town dedicated to Washington wine. Today Woodinville boasts more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms pouring wines that represent all of Washington's 13 AVAs. Yet Woodinville has kept its small town charm. It sits at the northern tip of the Sammamish Valley, a cradle for local farms with beautiful flowers, lavender, and fabulous fresh produce. Rent a bicycle and follow one of the many trails, stroll alongside the river, try a freshly brewed craft beer, and listen to live music. No matter the season, there's always a fun event happening at more than one local winery or tasting room. So sync your calendar and discover the wonders of Woodinville wine country! 
 
One Region with Three Districts 
In Woodinville's northern section, the bustling Warehouse Winery District uses banners, flags, and sandwich board signs to invite you into a series of industrial office parks. Here, many pragmatic wineries crush, age, and craft their wines in a practical setting with low overhead, while others simply offer tasting rooms where you can sample their wines. Just under three miles away, the Hollywood Winery District and West Valley Winery District are  home to the two oldest wineries in the state, and a score more, many with cozy tasting rooms and scenic valley views. In some spots, you could spend the day tasting and exploring a single block!
 
LOCAL WINES 
Although you won't find many vineyards here (most of Washington's vineyard acreage is located east of the Cascade Mountains), this is a great place to taste the state. Whether the wines are made right in Woodinville or simply poured there in a satellite tasting room, you'll be able to get a full taste of Washington in one vibrant, central location just outside Seattle. And you'll love what you taste, because the wines are exceptional. Expect variety: everything from Riesling and Rousanne to Cabernet Sauvignon and stand-alone Cabernet Franc! In 2013, Woodinville wine country members earned 197 Seattle Wine Awards and 69 were Double Gold!
 
LOCAL FOOD 
Woodinville boasts a long agricultural history and a bounty of farm fresh produce, dairy products, honey, and flowers. The seasonal Farmers' Market, open each Saturday from May until October, is a sight to behold. Local chefs are inspired by the ingredients sourced from Sammamish Valley and other resources nearby including the Pacific Ocean. There are many great restaurants including some of the most highly acclaimed in the Pacific Northwest. Several tasting rooms, wine bars, and coffee bars serve imaginative cuisine featuring local, seasonal ingredients that pair beautifully with Washington's wines.
 
LOCAL EVENTS 
When it comes to fun wine events, Woodinville really pours it on. More than 500,000 people visit Woodinville each year to attend a winemaker dinner, a special winery seminar, a new release party, and so much more! Here are a few special times to taste Washington in Woodinville in Spring 2014.
 
For more information, visit woodinvillewinecountry.com.

Featured Wineries

Brian Carter Cellars

Every bottle of classic, elegant Brian Carter Cellars wine tells the story of one man’s passion and the teamwork it takes to maintain his standard for crafting exemplary European-style blends.

Goose Ridge Vineyards

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

Kestrel Vintners

Kestrel Vintners prides itself in moving nimbly to meet the demands of the marketplace, and in doing so has positioned itself as a major player in the Washington wine industry.

Matthews & Tenor Wines
Diane and Cliff Otis have a passion for excellence and great wine, which is evident in their two labels: Matthews
and Tenor.
Patterson Cellars

With a winery in the Woodinville Warehouse District and a tasting room in the Hollywood District, Patterson Cellars makes very approachable wines.

Woodinville Warehouse District

Home to more than 55 wineries and tasting rooms, the Woodinville Warehouse District has a character all its own. 

Notable Wineries

Challenger Ridge Vineyards and Cellars

It would be a challenge not to find something worth one’s while at Challenger Ridge Vineyards and Cellars.

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Columbia Winery

Located in Woodinville, Washington, in the shadow of Mount Rainier and a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, Columbia Winery produces stellar wines for an oenophile's cellar, including Syrahs, Cabernet Francs, and Pinot Gris.

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Covington Cellars

While there may be no shortage of garage wineries in Woodinville, Washington, Covington Cellars is definitely one of a kind.

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Featured Accommodations

Willows Lodge

Dedicated to great dining, relaxation, romance, and inspired business meetings, Willows Lodge provides an ideal retreat in the heart of Woodinville wine country.

More Woodinville Accommodations

More top Seattle accommodations we recommend to stay while you visit the Woodinville Wine Country.

Heathman Hotel

Merely steps away from the azure waters of Lake Washington, the Heathman Hotel is a peaceful oasis amid the bustle of suburban Kirkland on the outskirts of Seattle. 

The Resort at Port Ludlow

On the shores of the Puget Sound’s Olympic Peninsula, just a 90-minute drive or 15-minute seaplane ride from Seattle, The Resort at Port Ludlow offers guests the best of all worlds.

Hotel Ändra

Ideally located in the pulsating center of Seattle, Hotel Ändra is a stylish, sophisticated retreat that serves as the ultimate urban escape. 

Featured Businesses

Butler Wine Tours

Owned by brothers Stuart and Jeremy Butler, Butler Wine Tours offers a true insider’s experience

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