The history of grape growing in Washington is dense and dates back to the 1820s. It is said that vines were planted by the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, set across the river from Portland. In the year 1916, when early Prohibition hit the Evergreen State, the wine industry had already nursed in Washington, and most of it was supported by European immigrants, the majority of which were from wine-loving countries such as Germany, France, and Italy. Starting in the mid-20th century, the undertaking gradually rallied post-Prohibition, with ground-breaking and still-in-production labels, still known as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Quilceda Creek, and Leonetti. The movement helped forge a path to the current status of Washington of harboring one of the best and dynamic wine industries in the entire land.
Amongst the many classic wine regions Washington has, the largest in the Columbia Valley, which includes several significant sub-appellations, including Horse Heaven Hills, Walla Walla, Yakima Valley. One of the most remarkable things about the wine industry at Washington is that it offers its lovers to taste different wines from across the state, all under a single roof of a shop in the town of Woodinville. Whether located in Woodinville or deep in the country, here are the six best wineries in Washington.
- Long Shadows: Located in Walla Walla & Woodinville, Long shadows offer seven different options to savor, made by seven different winemakers hailing from Australia to Bordeaux, Tuscany to Napa Valley. One of the classics, Long Shadows’ white wine, is the most famous of all. Made by a German winemaker Armin Diel of Schlossgut Diel, it provides its customers with both taste and warmth.
- DeLille Cellars: Located in Kirkland & Woodinville and founded by Greg Lill in 1992, DeLille is amongst the first wineries to be introduced in Woodinville. It focuses on Bordeaux-style blends, side by the side of providing the taste of the Rhône grapes. Amongst the many options to choose from, Chaleur Blanc, DeLille’s sauvignon blanc and sémillon blend, is extremely tangible with its apple-skin flavored.
- Quilceda Creek: Located in Snohomish, Quilceda Creek has the honor of being regarded in the highest level of Washington wines. Founded in the year 1978 by Jeanette and Alex Golitzin, this winery has blessed wine lovers with the taste of the iconic Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon, a self-indulgently and fleshy dark-fruited expression of the grape. Prices are quite high here, with top wines sold around $200 a bottle.
- Avennia: Located in Woodinville, Avennia has proved itself to be one of the most rapidly emerging newcomers to the State of Washington wineries. Avennia is a joint venture between former winemaker Chris Peterson and Marty Taucher. The duo has not failed to bless its customers with Oliane, a delicious sauvignon blanc that is palate-coating, sycophantic, and tropically fruited.
- Charles Smith: Located in Seattle & Walla Walla, this winery is known for its rock-and-roll winemaker, Charles Smith. Both the winery and the founder have amazed wine lovers with a marvelous variety of wines across all price ranges. Charles Smith is best known for cabernet sauvignon. In addition to this, K Vintners is the premium line present at Charles Smith.
- Abeja: Located in Walla Walla, Abeja was founded in the year 2000 by Ken and Ginger Harrison. They restored a century-old homestead in Walla Walla and cultivated a 38-acre area. The wines are made by the husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Amy Alvarez-Wampler. Another remarkable fact about Abeja is that it also operates an inn on the land, The Inn at Abeja. If you were to ever visit this winery, make sure to try out its chardonnay charms with its mild white flowery aromas, paired with notes of fresh peach and nectarine, and a serene touch of lemon blossom acidity. Also, its cabernet sauvignon is extraordinary.
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