Washington Wine Country

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  • 1. Desert Wind Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This expansive tasting room housed in an elegant Southwestern-style building featuring a vast patio overlooking the Yakima River is one of the...

    This expansive tasting room housed in an elegant Southwestern-style building featuring a vast patio overlooking the Yakima River is one of the highlights of any wine tour in the valley. Tasters will delight in Sémillon, Barbera, Ruah, Viognier, and various other unique wine selections. Just off Interstate 82, this family-owned winery also includes a luxurious four-room inn as well as a gift shop with Yakima Valley food products and gift items.

    2258 Wine Country Rd., Prosser, Washington, 99350, USA
    509-786–7277

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Daily 11–5
  • 2. Fidelitas Wines

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This craft winery with sweeping views specializes in Bordeaux varietals and high-end, award-winning wines. The tasting room is modern, bright...

    This craft winery with sweeping views specializes in Bordeaux varietals and high-end, award-winning wines. The tasting room is modern, bright, and airy, and outdoor seating areas provide a spectacular backdrop for indulging in rich red wines.

    51810 N. Sunset Rd., Benton City, Washington, 99320, USA
    509-588–3469
  • 3. Portteus Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    One of the early Yakima Valley wineries, established in 1981, Portteus is beloved by red-wine drinkers. Production includes Cabernet Sauvignon...

    One of the early Yakima Valley wineries, established in 1981, Portteus is beloved by red-wine drinkers. Production includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Zinfandel, and port—as well as a robust Chardonnay. The family-run tasting room is often staffed by the second generation of the Portteus family. Grapes are grown at 1,440-foot elevation on 47 acres above Zillah.

    5201 Highland Dr., Zillah, Washington, 98953, USA
    509-829–6970

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Daily 10–5
  • 4. Terra Blanca

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    It's named for the calcium carbonate in its soil—Terra Blanca is Latin for "white earth"—and from this unique soil grow wine grapes that produce...

    It's named for the calcium carbonate in its soil—Terra Blanca is Latin for "white earth"—and from this unique soil grow wine grapes that produce such specialties as Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. This award-winning picturesque estate winery offers sweeping views of the Red Mountain region, providing a beautiful backdrop for photos.

    34715 N. Demoss Rd., Benton City, Washington, 99320, USA
    509-588–6082

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Daily 11–6 (from 10 am Apr.–Oct.)
  • 5. Tieton Cider Works Cider Bar

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Six hand-crafted ciders are typically on tap at this North Yakima cidery–-from cranberry to dry hopped, apricot, apple, and more. In warmer...

    Six hand-crafted ciders are typically on tap at this North Yakima cidery–-from cranberry to dry hopped, apricot, apple, and more. In warmer weather, try out the bocce ball court and enjoy live music from the outdoor stage.

    619 W. J St., Yakima, Washington, 98902, USA
    509-571–1430

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.
  • 6. Treveri Cellars

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Some of the best handcrafted sparkling wines in the country come from these family-owned cellars on a hillside just south of Yakima. Enjoy valley...

    Some of the best handcrafted sparkling wines in the country come from these family-owned cellars on a hillside just south of Yakima. Enjoy valley views while sipping sparkling rosé, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and the extraordinary Syrah Brut.

    71 Gangl Rd., Wapato, Washington, 98951, USA
    509-877–0925
  • 7. American Hop Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The Yakima Valley grows about 78% of the nation's hops, and the industry's story is well told at this museum. Exhibits describe the history...

    The Yakima Valley grows about 78% of the nation's hops, and the industry's story is well told at this museum. Exhibits describe the history, growing process, and unique biology of the plant, a primary ingredient in beer.

    22 S. B St., Toppenish, Washington, 98948, USA
    509-865–4677

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $3, Early May–late Sept., Wed.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. 11–4, Closed Mon., Tues., and Oct.–Apr.
  • 8. Bonair Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The Puryear family began commercial wine production in their native Yakima Valley in 1985. Their tasting room, reminiscent of a European chalet...

    The Puryear family began commercial wine production in their native Yakima Valley in 1985. Their tasting room, reminiscent of a European chalet, sits among vineyards near a duck pond, and was voted one of Washington's best places for a kiss. At the tasting room, you'll likely meet owners Gail Puryear and his wife, the "wine goddess" Shirley, as well as winemaker Bill Mechem, who's worked for the family since 2005. Bonair makes Cabernets, Cabernet Francs, Chardonnays, Gewürztraminer port, Merlots, and Rieslings, and sells some snack foods. Plan to picnic on the grounds.

    500 S. Bonair Rd., Zillah, Washington, 98953, USA
    509-829–6027

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Mar.–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Feb., daily noon–5
  • 9. Central Washington University

    Educational Institution

    The nearly 11,000 students here enjoy a pleasant, tree-shaded campus marked by formidable redbrick architecture. On the 8th Avenue side are...

    The nearly 11,000 students here enjoy a pleasant, tree-shaded campus marked by formidable redbrick architecture. On the 8th Avenue side are several handsome buildings dating from the university's founding in 1891 as the State Normal School. Near the center of campus is a serene Japanese garden. The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, in Randall Hall, features the work of regional and national artists as well as students and faculty.

    400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, Washington, 98926, USA
    509-963–1111

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Tours weekdays 10–2
  • 10. Chinook Wines

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This small house winery is run by Kay Simon and Clay Mackey, vintners known for their dry wines, including Merlot, Chardonnay, Sémillon, and...

    This small house winery is run by Kay Simon and Clay Mackey, vintners known for their dry wines, including Merlot, Chardonnay, Sémillon, and Sauvignon Blanc. The tasting room is within the original farm buildings, and there's a shady picnic area outside.

    Wittkopf Loop at Wine Country Rd., Prosser, Washington, 99350, USA
    509-786–2725

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: May–Oct., weekends noon–5, or by appointment, Closed Nov.–Apr.
  • 11. Claar Cellars

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This family-owned estate winery has a tasting room right off Interstate 82 and enjoys one of the highest visitor numbers of any Yakima Valley...

    This family-owned estate winery has a tasting room right off Interstate 82 and enjoys one of the highest visitor numbers of any Yakima Valley winery. Claar produces a variety of wines, including some ice wines, Sangiovese, and rare varieties such as Corneauxcopia (a blended variety) and Fouled Anchor Port, which includes cherries, raisins, honey, and maple syrup. The winery also produces traditional Merlots, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and Rieslings. The grapes come from vineyards in the White Bluffs region, quite a distance from the vineyards.

    1001 Vintage Valley Pkwy., Zillah, Washington, 98953, USA
    509-829–6810

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Feb.–Nov., Fri.–Mon. 10–6
  • 12. Clymer Museum of Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Half the museum houses a collection of works by painter John Clymer (1907–89), an Ellensburg native who was one of the most widely published...

    Half the museum houses a collection of works by painter John Clymer (1907–89), an Ellensburg native who was one of the most widely published illustrators of the American West, focusing his oils and watercolors of wildlife and native cultures. The other half features other well-known and aspiring Western and wildlife artists.

    416 N. Pearl St., Ellensburg, Washington, 98926, USA
    509-962–6416

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Weekdays 10–5, Sat. 10–2, Closed 1st 2 wks of Jan.
  • 13. Dick and Jane's Spot

    Historic Home

    The home of artists Jane Orleman and her late husband Dick Elliott is a continuously growing whimsical sculpture: a collage of 20,000 bottle...

    The home of artists Jane Orleman and her late husband Dick Elliott is a continuously growing whimsical sculpture: a collage of 20,000 bottle caps, 1,500 bicycle reflectors, and other bits. Their masterpiece stands on private property near downtown, but it's still possible to see the recycled creation from several angles; be sure to sign the guestbook mounted on the surrounding fence.

    101 N. Pearl St., Ellensburg, Washington, 98926, USA
    509-925–3224
  • 14. Fort Simcoe Historical State Park

    Military Sight

    The residential quarters of an 1856 army fort, located on some 200 acres about 30 miles west of Toppenish, look like a Victorian summer retreat...

    The residential quarters of an 1856 army fort, located on some 200 acres about 30 miles west of Toppenish, look like a Victorian summer retreat. Exhibits focus on relations between the Yakama people—in the heart of whose reservation the fort stands—and American settlers. The Military Days celebration in May features reenactments. There's wildlife viewing, especially bird-watching, all year as well as 45 picnic tables and four sheltered picnic areas.

    5150 Ft. Simcoe Rd., Toppenish, Washington, 98952, USA
    509-874–2372

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Apr.–Oct., daily 6:30 am–dusk
  • 15. Gallery One

    Museum/Gallery

    In the 1889 Stewart Building you'll find a community art center with rotating shows by regional artists, a fine gift shop, and art classes. ...

    In the 1889 Stewart Building you'll find a community art center with rotating shows by regional artists, a fine gift shop, and art classes.

    408 N. Pearl St., Ellensburg, Washington, 98926, USA
    509-925–2670

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Mon.–Sat. 11–5, Sun. noon–4
  • 16. Gilbert Cellars

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    In downtown Yakima's historic district, this tasting room serves up selections from the family vineyards, specializing in blends of Rhone and...

    In downtown Yakima's historic district, this tasting room serves up selections from the family vineyards, specializing in blends of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals and an unoaked Chardonnay. Look for the top-selling Allobroges and Left Bank red blends as well as small plates such as bacon-wrapped dates, Marcona almonds, and a cheese platter to accompany your favorite vintage. The location makes Gilbert Cellars an ideal place to meet before a night on the town, or to enjoy a glass of wine after dinner. First Fridays, there's usually live music in the basement.

    5 N. Front St., Yakima, Washington, 98901, USA
    509-249–9049

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Mon.–Thurs. noon–9, Fri. noon–11, Sat. noon–10, Sun. noon–5, Tastings $6
  • 17. Ginkgo Petrified Forest and Wanapum State Parks

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Separated by Interstate 90, 28 miles east of Ellensburg on the Columbia River, are two state parks. Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park preserves...

    Separated by Interstate 90, 28 miles east of Ellensburg on the Columbia River, are two state parks. Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park preserves a fossil forest of ginkgoes and other trees. A 3-mile-long trail leads from the interpretive center (open weekends only during shoulder season; open by appointment only November–March). Wanapum State Park, 3 miles south, has camping and river access for boaters.

    I–90 east to Exit 136, Vantage, Washington, 98950, USA
    509-856–2700

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free; $10 vehicle pass, camping from $30
  • 18. Grant PUD Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    Native American and pioneer artifacts are exhibited here as well as displays on modern hydroelectric power. The center is in Beverly, 36 miles...

    Native American and pioneer artifacts are exhibited here as well as displays on modern hydroelectric power. The center is in Beverly, 36 miles from Ellensburg.

    14352 Hwy. 243 S, Ellensburg, Washington, 99321, USA
    509-793–1501

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends Oct.–Apr.
  • 19. Hedges Family Estate

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This spectacular hillside château winery dominates upper Red Mountain and produces robust red wines. The estate blends, Cabernet Sauvignon,...

    This spectacular hillside château winery dominates upper Red Mountain and produces robust red wines. The estate blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, and reserve blends are superb.

    53511 N. Sunset Rd., Benton City, Washington, 99320, USA
    509-588–3155

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Apr.–Nov., weekends 11–5 or by appointment, Closed Dec.–Mar. and weekdays Apr.–Nov.
  • 20. Hinzerling Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The place that's billed as the valley's first winery specializes in dessert and appetizer wines, including port, sherry, and Muscat. Vintner...

    The place that's billed as the valley's first winery specializes in dessert and appetizer wines, including port, sherry, and Muscat. Vintner Mike Wallace was one of the state's wine pioneers: he planted his first Prosser-area vines in 1972, and established the small winery in 1976.

    1520 Sheridan Ave., at Wine Country Rd., Prosser, Washington, 99350, USA
    509-786–2163

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Daily 11–4

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