Move over Nappa, the new wine scene has found a home in Washington. For the last two decades Washington has some of the best french blends and cool climate grapes. If you’re planning a trip or are a local looking for a great spot to go wine tasting, Seattle has a lot to offer. There are wineries located right in the city and some just a few miles away. Take a look at the Seattle’s top five wineries:
What makes this winery so unique is that since its starting in 2006, Elsom has been using 100% Washington grapes. Owned by winemaker Jody Elsom, the winery sources fruit from the state’s top vineyards. While you’re visiting, make sure to check out their many events including Wine & Warriors (Yoga Class), Pop-up Chef NIght, or the Pickling Class Taught By the Works. With so many unique events and bold, fruitful wine–Elsom WInery is a must visit.
Charles Smith Wines Jet City
Another Seattle favorite, this winery first began in Walla Walla, WA. If you’re not up for the long drive, you can now taste this unique wine right in the city. With playful names like Kung Fu Riesling and Boom Boom! Syrah, Charles Smith’s popularity is booming. There are two tasting rooms at the Jet City location, both with their own unique design. On your visit, you’ll experience their fantastic wine and listen to music while overlooking the view of the main runways of Boeing Field and iconic profile of Washington’s Mount Rainier.
For those of you who are a fan of the reds, this is the place for you. Just outside of Seattle, this winery features the state’s best reds. The very celebrated Chris Upchurch helped make this winery what it is today with his red Bordeaux blends and syrah. With different locations throughout Washington, the most notable is the Carriage House Tasting Room, located in Woodinville. Here, guests are welcomed by lots of outdoor space, a scenic pond, a lots of wine to try.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Take a sip of history by visiting CSM in Woodinville. This is Washington’s largest producer, using some of the vines in the state. Most famous for their riesling, but they also offer a crisp and refreshing sauvignon blanc. With ghost stories, live music and great sips to choose from, CSM has a lot to offer visitors.
Right across from Chateau Ste. Michelle lies Novelty Hill/Januik–open daily and no reservation needed to start tasting. Their hypermodern tasting room offers award-winning reds and white every wine lover will enjoy. If you’re feeling a little hungry, the winery also offers seasonal flavors of oven-fried pizza that will leave you coming back for more.
Get to sipping, Seattle!
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