The Best Wines & Vineyards in Washington State
Sheridan Vineyard (Yakima Valley; 509/829-3205): Focusing production on bordeaux blends and syrah, this winery produces highly distinctive fruit-driven wines from estate-grown grapes.
Wineglass Cellars (Yakima Valley; tel. 509/829-3011): This small, unassuming, family-run winery produces some of the state's best red wines. It's also one of the most underrated and little known wineries in the Yakima Valley.
Amavi Cellars (Walla Walla; tel. 509/525-3541): This is a sister winery to the celebrated Pepper Bridge Winery and produces more economically priced wines, with an emphasis on reds. The syrah here can be among the finest in the region and prices are around $25.
Five Star Cellars (Walla Walla; tel. 509/527-8400): Producing rich, dark, fully extracted red wines with soft tannins, this little Walla Walla winery produces stellar and very drinkable wines. A rising star on the local wine scene.
Rulo Winery (Walla Walla; tel. 509/525-7856): Small and family-owned, Rulo crafts complex, full-bodied syrah; creamy chardonnay; and aromatic viognier. Reasonable prices and high quality make Rulo truly memorable.
Tamarack Cellars (Walla Walla; tel. 509/526-3533): Winemaker Ron Colvin crafts a small number of lush, memorable red wines at his winery at the Walla Walla airport. Emphasis is on reds with silky tannins and big fruit character.
Woodward Canyon Winery (Walla Walla; tel. 509/525-4129): This winery produces some of Washington's premier red wines, yet surprisingly, it also offers great wines at $20 or less (and plenty of more expensive bottles).
Barrister Winery (Spokane; tel. 509/465-3591): Started by two lawyers (thus the name), this winery in a warehouse/arts district of downtown Spokane produces delicious red wines with a perfect blend of fruit, tannin, and oakiness.
Townshend Cellar (Spokane; tel. 509/238-1400): Many Washington wineries are now making ports, but few make ones as good as those at this little, out-of-the-way winery north of Spokane. The huckleberry port is pure ambrosia.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.