Breweries & Wineries of Washington
The cool weather and cool people of Washington make it a prime destination for beer and wine lovers. Discover for yourself the great wineries and breweries of Washington. Take home a bottle or two of wine and a lifetime of great memories.
Redhook Ale Brewery (Woodinville) -Established in 1982 by Paul Ship and Gordon Bowker, the Redhook Brewing Company is one of the most successful microbreweries in America. When you visit, you will be able to sample several of the beers, will receive a free tasting glass and learn about the company’s history.
Chateau Ste. Michelle (Woodinville)- Welcoming over 250,000 visitors per year, the Ste. Michelle is Washington’s oldest winery. After you tour the 87 acre estate, you can enjoy tasting some of their exceptional wines. Private tastings are also available for a fee.
Pasek Cellars (888-350-9463) - If you love fruit wines, this is the place to visit. Here you can not only taste traditional wines like syrah and merlots but there are also unique fruit wines like cranberry, blackberry, raspberry, loganberry, guava, pineapple and passion fruit. Also, available are assorted port wines. The tasting area shares its space with a deli so you can easily pair a glass of wine with pastrami on rye to see how you like it.
Wind River Cellars (Hussam) - A beautiful vineyard especially known for its velvety smooth wines like Riesling, pinot Gris, sauvignon or tepranillo. The vineyard is a favorite spot for picnics, proposals, and weddings.
Cave B Estate (Quincy)—known as a destination winery, this is the perfect weekend getaway spot. The Inn is richly decorated, the meals at Tendril’s Restaurant are luscious and perfectly matched with just the right wine, and, of course, you can enjoy tasting new wines sure to please your palette.
Tsillan Cellars (Chelan)- This young vineyard has been called the “crown jewel” of the region’s wineries. It, too, is a destination winery and has much to offer in addition to its delectable wines. As you visit, you will see the 25 foot bell tower with its 650 pound bell and convenient to the tasting rooms is an striking amphitheatre. The tasting room’s bar is an impressive 40 feet long and its cellars store as many as 7,000 cases of wine. There are tours of the winery conducted twice a day.
Columbia Crest Winery (Paterson)- This is Washington’s largest wine producer; it is owned by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and produces 1.7 million cases of wine annually. When you visit, you can take a guided tour during which you will see the wine making process from vineyard to bottle. Their wines have received 90+ ratings from numerous wine magazines. So rest assured, you will not be disappointed when you sample their wines in the roomy tasting rooms.
Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. (Everett) – Begun in 1995, the Scuttlebutt Brewery has grown from a 2 barrel system to producing two 20 barrel fermenters and one 20 barrel bright tank. Today they produce a number of quality beers like the Homeport Blonde, the Amber Ale, the Sequoia Red, the Porter and several others. Tours are available upon request.
La Conner Brewing Co. (La Conner, WA, 360-466-1415) - This family owned brewery and restaurant is known for its fine beers. They have won awards at the Great American Beer Festival, the United States Beer Tasting Championship, and the World Beer Cup for their rich bodied, bold tasting bears and lagers.
Alpine Brewing Company Inc. (Oroville-509 476-9662)- If you love German beers then visit the Alpine Brewing Company for a tour and taste of Germany without ever leaving the US.
Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse (Mukilteo, 425-355-4488)- For a behind the scenes of the brewing process, this is a good place to begin your tour.
Gallaghers' Where-U-Brew (South Edmonds, 425 776-4209)- Here you can design your own beer with the help of the professionals. Cost varies and you should expect to stay at least 2 hours.
Dry Fly Distilling (Spokane, 509 489-2112)- This is Washington’s first grain distillery since prohibition. As you tour the brewery you will learn about an assortment of spirits and beers produced with locally grown grains.
Rock Bottom Brewery (Seattle)- A downtown Seattle brew pub where all the beer are made onsite with Washington grown hops. At any given time, there are at least 6 brews on tap to go along with the pizzas, burgers, salads and steaks served daily.
Photo Credits: Picture of Chateau Ste. Michelle by David Herrera; Brewpub by Clifford; Cave B Winery by Ben Onken; Wine tasting by Patrick Fitzgerald;