Our goal is to be the guide to your next glass of Washington Wine. With over 1,000 wineries, 19 AVAs, and 8 wine touring regions, it can be a difficult, but delicious, decision to figure out where to go next. To make matters easier, we’re here to point you toward our regional associations, which have incredible information and resources to help you plan your next day or weekend trip. But first, did you know that we have 8 different wine-touring regions?
Nobody tastes like us, because nobody looks like us.
We say it because it’s true: Washington wine is like no other. With over 1,000 wineries and 8 wine-touring regions, there is something for everyone: islands and urban environments, industrial complexes and tourist destinations, remote locations or small towns. The best thing about it all? You’re less than four hours away from the four corners of our state. Every location, winery, and tasting room has a different aura, vibe, and mood. Below are a few examples of what it means to taste Washington Wine.
In every bottle of wine, there is an untold story.
We can’t wait for you to take a seat at one of our local wineries, and get to know the story behind the bottle, winery, winemaker, or wine region. If there’s one thing we can promise, it’s that we won’t run out of wine, which means we won’t run out of stories to tell. What are some of the stories our wineries and wine regions are telling these days? Below you can see a few featured stories, but make sure to look far below, as there is information about each of our regional associations. Head on over to their websites, and make sure to follow them on social media. They are there to give you that inside knowledge about their local communities, each of which has their own unique stories, climates, and experiences.
Explore our wine regions.
Our Regional Wine Associations
Consider our associations your anchors across our state. They not only support their local wine growing regions, but also seek to connect you to your next glass of wine.
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island
Discover one of Washington’s best kept secrets at seven boutique wineries on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge Island is a short 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle and is an easy drive from Kitsap County and beyond. Each winery has a passion for making great wine with handcrafted style. The wines of Bainbridge Island are produced in limited quantity using some of the finest grapes grown on Bainbridge Island and Eastern Washington. Each winery is unique and provides a truly one of a kind tasting experience. The authenticity runs deep and when you visit us, the winemaker will likely be the one pouring your wine! Experience the diversity of Washington wine, expressed in a 5-mile radius.
Lake Chelan Wine Alliance
The Lake Chelan Wine Valley is home to many winery and tasting room experiences for visitors. Some have grand estates and lush grounds, others offer a hip downtown vibe, still others are nestled in the hills with lake and mountain views. The Lake Chelan AVA is home to over 30 wineries and tasting rooms amongst the 300+ acres of vines. Winemaking in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley has an hit award-winning stride. Each year, new members join our community and we invite you to meet them all.
Olympic Peninsula Wineries
Escape the heat and retreat to the North Olympic Peninsula to visit our seven member wineries. Feast your eyes on the scenic beauty that includes views of Admiralty Inlet from Marrowstone Vineyards, the Olympic Mountains from Olympic Cellars Winery and the tranquil gardens at Camaraderie Cellars. While you drink in the scenery, you can also drink in fabulous wines made by our artisan wine makers. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries is a group of hands-on owners and winemakers committed to handcrafting excellent, award-winning Washington wines. See more at https://olympicpeninsulawineries.org.
Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail is located within the Rattlesnake Hills AVA in the Yakima Valley. With its rich soils, long days and warm climate, the Rattlesnake Hills AVA produces world-class wine grapes making some of Washington’s finest wines. Most of our tasting rooms are located on estate vineyards offering picturesque views complete with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Adams and Mount Rainier.
Red Mountain AVA Alliance
Red Mountain’s excellence is rooted in the vineyard. The region’s singular terroir has attracted winegrowers, viticulturists, and winemakers the world over to this small corner of southeast Washington, and for very good reason. The region’s sandy loess soils, high winds, southwest slope, low precipitation and intense temperature swings create near perfect growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. However, it’s not the extraordinary terroir alone that’s responsible for Red Mountain’s storied reputation, it’s the people. To learn more about the Red Mountain region, visit redmountainava.com.
Seattle Urban Wineries
Seattle Urban Wineries is a wine industry association dedicated to the promotion and preservation of urban wine culture in Seattle. We invite visitors and locals alike to taste some of the finest hand-crafted wines produced within the state, all within the city of Seattle. Seattle Urban Wineries offers novices and aficionados the opportunity to learn about and taste wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Washington’s best vineyards. We aim to create an urban wine culture in Seattle where one can bike, bus, cab, or even walk to visit our tasting rooms and sample the wines we make, attend the events we hold, and get to know the neighborhoods we live and work in throughout Seattle.
Southwest Washington Winery Association
The Southwest Washington Winery Association (SWWA) is organized to promote and encourage the development and growth of the grape wine industry in the counties of Clark, Cowlitz, and Lewis. The association was formed in 2016 with 11 wineries as members. It’s structured as a 501 non-profit organization and consists of a four-tier membership program. We currently have six directors on our board who oversee adherence to the ByLaws. Standing committees of the SWWA are Nominating, Marketing, Membership, Budget & Finance, Audit, and just recently added, Education. Each year the SWWA sponsors four collaborative weekend events, and as of 2019, the association has added an annual fundraising event called Savor.
Spokane Winery Association
The Spokane Winery Association has been a collaboration of winemakers for over twenty years. With our 20 member wineries, we offer a range of growing regions, winemaking techniques, and tasting options. With over 50 varietals, we have a wine for every palate. Whether you’re looking for a walking tasting in downtown Spokane or if you want to see grapes on the vine, and whether you’re here on business, visiting for a weekend with family, or you’ve lived here your whole life, we have an experience for you. Visit our website to see our 20 wineries to craft your wine tasting experience.
Walla Walla Valley Wine
The Walla Walla Valley is home to 120 wineries and more than 3,000 acres of planted vineyards, offering the most immersive wine experience in the Pacific Northwest. The Walla Walla Valley is a cross-border AVA located in both southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, and is a 4-hour or less drive from Seattle, Portland, Boise and Spokane. Over 40 different grape varieties are grown and produced in the region, and the top 3 grape varieties grown in the area are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Whether it’s the wine, the food or the views, you’ll find something that you can’t resist. Pull up a chair and open up more than just a bottle. There’s a place for you here.
Wine Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley is the backbone of the Washington State wine industry. It was the first appellation to be established here, and it remains the most significant. Yakima Valley vineyards supply half of Washington’s wine production, and they are the source of this state’s best wines. Yakima Valley cultivates 17,000 acres of wine grapes, the most of any appellation in Washington State, and in the entire Pacific Northwest. Our vines supply half of Washington’s wine production, including more than 80 local wineries. Visit www.wineyakimavalley.org for more information.
Woodinville Wine Country
Nestled in the beautiful Sammamish River Valley just 30 minutes northeast of Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country is home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms representing every wine grape growing region in Washington. From the historic and beautiful grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle to the quaint boutique wineries where you are likely to have winemakers themselves pour you a glass of his or her finest blend, a wonderful variety of wine tasting experiences awaits you. Woodinville Wine Country is divided into four distinct districts –The Hollywood District, the West Valley District, the Warehouse District and the Downtown District.
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Reach out to Heather Bradshaw, Communications Director at Washington Wine, at [email protected], and we’ll help connect you to wherever you’re trying to go.