Washington produces more wine than any other state than California, so it's one of the best places you can visit if you're interested in sampling new wines, exploring vineyards, and stocking up on high-quality wine. The state is particularly well known for its French blends, but with the incredible selection of vineyards and wineries found here, you'll have no problem finding a wine you love no matter what your tastes might be. Whether you're in Seattle for a few days or you have enough time for a week-long road trip through Washington wine country, here are the best wineries to include on your itinerary.
1.Airfield Estates Winery
© Airfield Estates Winery
Set in the Yakima Valley, part of the state's first American Viticultural Area, Airfield Estates Winery produces red and white wines made entirely with estate-grown grapes. The first wine grapes were planted on the property in 1968, but the estate has a rich history outside of farming as well. During World War II, the land served as an airbase for hundreds of pilots, which is how the winery got its name. Visitors can learn more about his unique history by taking a wine tasting, which are available at the winery itself as well as at their tasting room in Woodinville.
14450 Woodinville Redmond #109, Woodinville, WA 98072, Phone: 425-877-1006
2.Ambassador Wines of Washington
© Ambassador Wines of Washington
Using grapes grown in its three vineyards planted on Red Mountain, Ambassador Wines of Washington produces spectacular estate wines that reflect the area's rich and wonderful terroir. Visitors are welcome to taste the wines at the tasting room in the Winery Warehouse district of Woodinville; tastings last approximately half an hour and are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Groups of more than four people are advised to make a reservation in advance. The tasting room sometimes also hosts special wine and paint nights on Fridays, which are open to people of all skill levels.
19501 144th Avenue Northeast C400, Woodinville, WA 98072, Phone: 425-949-8322
3.Vin Du Lac Winery
© Vin Du Lac Winery
Located next to the beautiful Lake Chelan, Vin Du Lac Winery creates limited production red and white wines made with hand-harvested grapes from select vineyards around the lake and in other parts of Washington. Wine tastings are available for a small fee that is refunded upon the purchase of a bottle of wine, and visitors can also purchase wine by the glass or design their own wine flights by choosing their favorite options from an extensive wine list. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a meal at the on-site bistro, which has a seasonal menu and sources much of its produce from its own garden.
105 WA-150, Chelan, WA 98816, Phone: 509-682-2882
4.Bethany Vineyard & Winery
© Bethany Vineyard & Winery
Thanks to its excellent location in southeast Washington, Bethany Vineyard & Winery enjoys a nearly perfect growing climate that enables it to grow high-quality grapes and produce world-class wines. The tasting room is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and delicious cheese plates, sandwiches, and other light snacks are available for purchase. Guests are welcome to enjoy their food and wine in the tasting room or outside on the lawn or on one of the beautiful waterfront patios. Children are permitted in the tasting room if accompanied by an adult, but all of the winery's outdoor areas are reserved for guests aged 21 or older.
4115 NE 259th St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, Phone: 360-887-3525
5.Betz Family Winery
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Betz Family Winery is a limited production winery with a passion for making the best wine imaginable. There is no public tasting room, but private tastings and tours can sometimes be arranged by appointment. These experiences are only offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and they include a carefully chosen selection of cheeses and charcuterie. The winery is also opened twice a year for private member tasting events. Customers are encouraged to become a member if they'd like to purchase wine; because of the winery's limited production, wines are only available for purchase to members and people on the member wait list.
13244 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052, Phone: 425-861-9823
6.Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery
Situated in the picturesque Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery was first planted with grape vines in 1986. The winery and its estate vineyard are located right next to each other, and the winery offers plenty of outdoor seating with beautiful views of the vineyard. Tours of the wine production area are available by request, and there are several tasting rooms open to the public. Customers are also encouraged to join one of the winery's three wine clubs; not only does this mean excellent discounts on wine purchases, but all members receive complimentary tours and tastings for themselves and their guests.
8866 WA-14, Lyle, WA 98635, Phone: 509-767-1100
7.Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
© Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
The oldest winery in the state, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery has a rich history dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. However, the winery has kept up with the times, and it prides itself on using innovative techniques and state of the art equipment. In fact, it's one of the only wineries in the world to have completely separate wineries for making red wine and white wine. The red wine-making facilities can be found at the Chateau in Woodinville; visitors are welcome to stop by for a tour or one of the winery's many tasting options and food pairings.
14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072, Phone: 425-488-1133
8.Columbia Crest Winery
With more than 2,500 acres of estate vineyards, Columbia Crest Winery is one of the largest and most significant wineries in the Northwest. The winery's expansive portfolio includes high-quality, affordable wines perfect for everyday occasions as well as small batch reserve wines; the reserve wines are only available for purchase to members, but winery guests are welcome to taste them in the tasting room for a small fee. Complimentary tastings of several other wines are available as well, and guests are also welcome to take a complimentary self-guided tour of the property. Guided tours are available for anyone who wants a more in-depth experience.
178810 WA-221, Paterson, WA 99345, Phone: 509-875-2061
© Gramercy Cellars
Founded by Greg Harrington, an experienced sommelier who spent much of his career working for some of the country's most prestigious wine programs, Gramercy Cellars is a boutique winery that produces approximately 8,000 cases of wine per year. All the wines are made with high-quality grapes sourced from the best vineyards around the state, and some are even made with grapes grown on one of the winery's three estate vineyards. The tasting room is open to the public on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and tastings can also be arranged by appointment Tuesday through Friday.
236 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-529-6668
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© Harbinger Winery
A boutique artisan winery dedicated to making premium wines with Washington grapes, Harbinger Winery offers wines made with unique, rarely-seen grapes as well as traditional favorites. A converted logging truck shop houses the winery, and the building's large wooden beams and metal siding make for a unique but cozy atmosphere. Tastings are held inside the barrel room, where a selection of chocolates and cheese are available to purchase and enjoy along with your wine. Visitors are also welcome to join the Harbringer wine club free of charge; membership only requires the purchase of four bottles of wine per year, and it includes free tastings.
2358 Highway 101 West, US-101, Port Angeles, WA 98363, Phone: 360-452-4262
11.Hedges Family Estate
© Hedges Family Estate
The epitome of a modern winery and vineyard, the Hedges Family Estate is a beautiful biodynamic farm located on a family-owned property in the Red Mountain region. The winery is nestled right in the heart of the vineyards, and the property offers plenty of picturesque outdoor areas for visitors to enjoy. The majority of the wines produced here are red, but several whites and rosés are available as well. The tasting room is open all year long, but the hours and days of operation vary according to the season. Private tastings can also be arranged outside of regular opening hours.
6503, 53511 N Sunset Rd, Benton City, WA 99320, Phone: 509-588-3155
12.Jones of Washington Quincy Tasting Room
The Jones of Washington Quincy Tasting Room is proudly owned by the Jones family, who have been farmers in the area for decade. All the wine is produced from grapes grown in the winery's two estate vineyards, which are located in two of the state's best grape growing areas: the Wahluke Slope and the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. The winery's whimsical tasting room has a selection of gifts for sale as well as bottles of wine, and visitors who can't make it out to the winery are encouraged to visit the tasting room at the Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee.
2101 F St SW, Quincy, WA 98848, Phone: 509-787-8108
13.Kiona Vineyards and Winery
© Kiona Vineyards and Winery
Consisting of three vineyards, one of which was the first vineyard to be planted on Red Mountain, Kiona Vineyards and Winery produces incredible estate wines that perfectly capture the essence of where they were made. Both red and white wines are available, and the winery proudly explains the composition and the origin of each and every one. The tasting room is open every day between noon and 5 p.m., and the tasting fee is waived for customers who purchase a bottle of wine. Groups of more than eight people are asked to schedule their tasting in advance.
44612 N Sunset Rd, Benton City, WA 99320, Phone: 509-588-6716
14.Lake Chelan Winery
© Lake Chelan Winery
Formerly a successful apple farm, Lake Chelan Winery is now known for producing award-winning wines and for having one of the state's largest wine club programs. Complimentary tours of the vineyard and the production facility take place at 2 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for anyone who wants to learn more about the winery's history and wine-making process. Personalized wine tastings are also offered free of charge, but the winery's offerings aren't limited to just wine; it also features an outdoor barbecue restaurant and a gourmet cheese shop that sells artisan cheese platters as well as cheese to take home.
3519 WA-150, Chelan, WA 98816, Phone: 509-687-9463
15.L'Ecole No 41
© L'Ecole No 41
Named for its unique location inside a historic 1915 Frenchtown School, L'Ecole No 41 has been making premium artisan wines since 1983. The highlights of the winery's collections are its single vineyard blends, but it also produces a wide range of other red and white wines. Wine tastings are available every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the tasting fee is refunded with a wine purchase. Guided walking tours are also offered between April and November; all tours include tastings, and guests can choose between the standard tasting and a special reserve tasting that takes place in the wine cellar.
41 Lowden School Rd, Lowden, WA 99360, Phone: 509-525-0940
16.Lost River Winery
© Lost River Winery
A cheerful family-owned winery found in the Methow Valley, Lost River Winery produces excellent red and white wines using grapes sourced from a handful of high-quality vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery's tasting room can be found in the heart of downtown Winthrop, and visitors are welcome to drop by for a complimentary wine tasting or to purchase a glass of wine to enjoy in the tasting room or outside on the seasonal patio. Tastings are offered every day during the summer, but the tasting room is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the summer months.
26 WA-20, Winthrop, WA 98862, Phone: 509-996-2888
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With its stunning location in the Columbia River Gorge and its warm and friendly tasting room, Maryhill Winery is truly a destination winery. Visitors can choose between classic tastings and exclusive reserve tastings, but the winery offers plenty of other things to do as well, including bocce courts, a sunny Tuscan-style terrace perfect for relaxing, and concerts with performances by some of the world's best musicians. If you can't make it out to the winery, it also offers two other tasting rooms: one in Vancouver and one in Spokane. Hours of both vary according to the season.
9774 WA-14, Goldendale, WA 98620, Phone: 509-773-1976
18.MonteScarlatto Estate Winery
© MonteScarlatto Estate Winery
Home to a 9-hole golf course that happens to be perfectly suited to being played with a glass of wine in hand, MonteScarlatto Estate Winery is a unique Red Mountain winery that consistently produces award winning red and white wines. The winery's tasting room is the perfect place to stop and relax after a round of golf, and the winery owner can often be found in the tasting room himself. The winery also operates a unique wine and sports bar in downtown Spokane, which offers wine on tap and a menu of delicious Mediterranean inspired bar food.
28719 E, WA-224, Benton City, WA 99320, Phone: 509-531-3081
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© Northstar Winery
Overlooking the Walla Walla Valley, Northstar Winery specializes in making Merlot blends that showcase some of the best grapes found in the state. The tasting room offers wine flights and wine by the glass, and groups of more than eight people must book in advance. However, the winery is happy to arrange private tours and tastings for groups of any size. Visitors can also sign up for the winery's unique signature blending lesson, a ninety-minute experience that takes guests through the process of blending, bottling, corking, and labeling their own custom bottle of wine to take home.
1736 J B George Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-525-6100
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20.Novelty Hill Januik Winery
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Novelty Hill and Januik Winery are two independent businesses, but they share a tasting room and a wine-making facility run by acclaimed winemaker Mike Januik. Both wineries focus on making small batches of carefully handcrafted wine, many of which are single estate. The tasting room is open to drop-in guests on a daily basis, but anyone who wants a more in-depth experience is welcome to book a food and wine pairing session. Seasonally-inspired pizzas are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and visitors are always welcome to stroll through the property's beautiful gardens or enjoy a game of bocce ball outside.
14710 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, Phone: 425-481-5502
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21.Seven Hills Winery
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Housed inside a remodeled woodworking mill built in 1904, Seven Hills Winery is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in the Walla Walla region. The winery focuses on making Bordeaux-style red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots, and it uses grapes from its own vineyards as well as fruit from some of the best vineyards in the Northeast. The tasting room is open to visitors between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except select holidays, and winery tours are held every day at 10 a.m. The winery also offers a food and wine pairing experience on Friday and Saturday mornings.
212 N 3rd Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-529-7198
22.Tulip Valley Winery
© Tulip Valley Winery
Known for its artisan ciders as well as its hand-crafted red and white wines, Tulip Valley Winery has been proudly family owned and operated since it was opened in 2002. All of the wine and cider is made with Washington fruit; most of the grapes come from the winery's estate vineyard in the Columbia Valley, and locally-grown apples are used to produce the cider. Some of the fruit comes from the winery's three-acre property in the Skagit Valley; this is also where the tasting room can be found, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful views.
16163 WA-536, Mt Vernon, WA 98273, Phone: 360-428-6894
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23.Barnard Griffin Winery
© Barnard Griffin Winery
Established in 1983 by a husband and wife team, Barnard Griffin Winery started out with a big dream and a small batch of borrowed grapes. Things have changed quite a bit since then; these days, approximately half of the grapes used to make the wine come from the winery's own vineyard, and the rest come from other high-quality Washington vineyards. Visitors are welcome to come do a wine tasting any day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the winery also features an excellent restaurant with a seasonally-influenced menu and a glass fusing studio that offers classes for people of all skill levels.
878 Tulip Ln, Richland, WA 99352, Phone: 509-627-0266
© Wilridge Winery
Originally an urban winery in Seattle, Wilridge Winery now has two Washington locations: one in Woodinville Valley and one at their vineyard in the Yakima Valley. All locations offer tastings of their delicious hand-crafted wines as well as their brandies, which are made from apples, pears, and grapes grown on the estate. At the vineyard, visitors can also enjoy a picnic outside on the lawn, take a stroll through the vineyard, or relax on the deck of the property's historic farm house with a glass of wine. Hours of operation vary according to the season.
250 Ehler Rd, Yakima, WA 98908, Phone: 509-966-0686
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25.Woodward Canyon Winery
© Woodward Canyon Winery
Found on a family farm inside the canyon that shares its name, Woodward Canyon Winery was the second winery established in the Walla Walla Valley. The winery produces mostly red wines; it's particularly well-known for its Cabernet Sauvignons and its Bordeaux-style blends, but it also makes Merlots and Chardonnays. Visitors can choose between two different tasting flights: the classic flight and the reserve flight. The tasting fee is refunded with the purchase of a bottle of wine. There is no food available for purchase on-site, but visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside on one of the picnic tables.
48 W 25th St, New York, NY 10010, Phone: 212-273-9463
25 Best Washington Wineries
- Airfield Estates Winery, Photo: Airfield Estates Winery
- Ambassador Wines of Washington, Photo: Ambassador Wines of Washington
- Vin Du Lac Winery, Photo: Vin Du Lac Winery
- Bethany Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Bethany Vineyard & Winery
- Betz Family Winery, Photo: Betz Family Winery
- Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery, Photo: dimasobko/stock.adobe.com
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Photo: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
- Columbia Crest Winery, Photo: UMB-O/stock.adobe.com
- Gramercy Cellars, Photo: Gramercy Cellars
- Harbinger Winery, Photo: Harbinger Winery
- Hedges Family Estate, Photo: Hedges Family Estate
- Jones of Washington Quincy Tasting Room, Photo: MAURO/stock.adobe.com
- Kiona Vineyards and Winery, Photo: Kiona Vineyards and Winery
- Lake Chelan Winery, Photo: Lake Chelan Winery
- L'Ecole No 41, Photo: L'Ecole No 41
- Lost River Winery, Photo: Lost River Winery
- Maryhill Winery, Photo: maram/stock.adobe.com
- MonteScarlatto Estate Winery, Photo: MonteScarlatto Estate Winery
- Northstar Winery, Photo: Northstar Winery
- Novelty Hill Januik Winery, Photo: Dmitry Remesov/stock.adobe.com
- Seven Hills Winery, Photo: Seven Hills Winery
- Tulip Valley Winery, Photo: Tulip Valley Winery
- Barnard Griffin Winery, Photo: Barnard Griffin Winery
- Wilridge Winery, Photo: Wilridge Winery
- Woodward Canyon Winery, Photo: Woodward Canyon Winery
- Cover Photo: Dene' Miles/stock.adobe.com