Top Vineyards To Visit In Washington State’s Wine Country

No longer do you have to go to California’s Napa Valley to visit high-end vineyards on the West Coast. Washington state boasts an incredible selections of vineyards that combine both excellent wine with memorable experiences. Here are some of the best (in no particular order):

Cave B Estate Winery

348 Silica Rd NW
Quincy, WA 98848

A few hour drive from Seattle, Cave B Estate Winery not only serves excellent wines in their tasting room, but they also provide incredible panoramic views from a nearly 1,000-foot cliff. They further offer music in a natural amphitheater, and you can make a night of it by eating at their restaurant and by staying at the fine accommodations they provide.

Barnard Griffin Winery

878 Tulip Ln
Richland, WA 99352

If you love Cabernet, Barnard Griffin Winery is well worth a visit. They are noted for their excellent and very affordable Cabernet wines, which you can sample at their bar and eatery. They also have terrific food and a sweeping view of the Columbia River, and the winery further includes a glass art gallery.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

14111 NE 145th St
Woodinville, WA 98072

A stone’s throw from Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery offers a variety of tasting opportunities as well as tours of the vineyards. These tours include standard walk-in tours and their Ultimate Tour, which you must reserve in advance. They also offer a number of musical and special events during the course of the year.

Columbia Crest Winery

178810 WA-221
Paterson, WA 99345

Columbia Crest Winery is the place to visit if you enjoy Chardonnays and Bordeaux-style red wines. The wines there are noted not only for their quality but also for their value. Like the Barnard Griffin Winery, this winery overlooks the picturesque Columbia River, and they offer both guided and self-guided tours. They also offer what they call a food and wine pairing experience at a very reasonable price.

The Hogue Cellars

2800 Lee Rd
Prosser, WA 98948

Overlooking the scenic Yakima River, the Hogue Cellars is the winery to go to if you love Riesling. While they produce a variety of these wines, their top tier vintage — which is called “Terroir” — is only available to those who visit their tasting room.

Milbrandt Vineyards

508 Cabernet Ct
Prosser, WA 99350

Located not far from the Hogue Cellars, Milbrandt Vineyards offer 2,500 acres of lush vineyards. Their tasting rooms also offer a variety of vintages, including their Vineyard Series wines, which is only available there.

Northstar Winery

1736 J B George Rd
Walla Walla, WA 99362

The Northstar Winery is known for their excellent Merlot wines. While they have a tasting room in which you can experience a variety of quality wines, they also offer what they call a “Blending Experience,” which is a guided seminar where you get to blend your own wine.