Winery Venue Series: Washington State Wineries
A winery is the perfect location for a wedding, bachelorette/bachelor party or birthday party. Imagine celebrating your special occasion with your friends and family amidst the natural beauty of wine country while sipping on delicious wines. It’s harvesting season at vineyards across the United States. In honor of this important time of year, ACC will feature a multi-part series highlighting wine regions across the United States.
Today, we are featuring Washington State wineries.
Washington State boasts 43,000 acres of planted land and 8 distinct wine touring regions: Seattle & Puget Sound, Woodinville, Yakima Valley, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla Valley, Spokane & Pullman, Vancouver & Columbia Gorge and Cascade Valley & North Central. Each region provides a different experience for your special event.
When planning a wine tour or looking for a winery for your party or wedding, start with the Washington State Wine Commission’s website. This website breaks down the state’s eight major wine regions and allows you to search wineries by different points of interest, such was wedding facilities or bed & breakfast facilities.
After you decide which region you want to visit, your next step is to find a winery. Go Taste Wine has rounded up a list of all 690+ wineries in Washington State. The listing includes information about each winery and contact information.
Washington State’s 8 Wine Regions:
Woodinville is located approximately 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Washington and is the home of more than 90 wineries. This wine tasting hot spot is the perfect location for a multi-day destination wedding. Tan Vinh’s 2009 Seattle Times article maps out a day of activities that would be fun the day before your wedding, starting with a bike ride along a river trail and ending at a wine sipping room. If you plan to visit in April, be sure to stop by the Passport to Woodinville Weekend, one of the largest events of the region.
Most wineries in Yakima Valley are small, family operations with latitudes the same as the vineyards in France. In 1983, the federal government designated Yakima Valley as the first wine growing appellation north of California.
Some of Washington State’s oldest wineries are found in Tri-Cities. If you plan to do a self guided tour through the area, contact the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau and they will mail a detailed map to you.
Every year, Walla Walla Valley hosts a series of events that are ideal for wine enthusiasts and their friends. Plan your wedding or party near these activities and, well, you won’t need to do much more planning as everyone will have plenty to do.
Spokane & Pullman boasts more than 20 wineries and is located in the eastern part of the state. Download the region’s helpful visitors guide (PDF).
columbiagorgewine.com says it best: “Less than 60 miles east of Portland, America’s most unique AVA features wild beauty, traffic free touring and relaxed tasting rooms. With an amazing diversity of grapes grown from Albariño to Zinfandel, come discover our ‘World of Wine in 40 miles’ for yourself.” Who’s ready to go right now? I know I am!
This area is particularly proud of its network of 50 small, friendly wineries and tasting rooms where you can get to know the owners and taste delicious wines. After you’ve tasted the wine, be sure to partake in outdoor activities such as golfing, whitewater rafting, x-country skiing and sleigh rides.