Join the crush on a visit to Washington State this fall. Take part in premier winemaking or just watch, sample and delight.
Autumn is the best time to trace wine to its sources—the vineyards bursting with grapes and the wineries transforming the fruit into fine wine. In fall workers, vintners and estate owners come together to harvest and crush the grapes—a process simply referred to as “the crush.”
Situated on about the same latitude as France’s renowned Bordeaux and Burgundy regions, Washington boasts a climate that is ideal for wine-growing, and the quality of the wine has certainly proven that. Check out our suggested destinations, but be sure to check with individual wineries before you go because harvest dates and policies may change.
WOODINVILLE WINE COUNTRY
Nestled in a valley a half hour northeast of downtown Seattle, this wine region is home to more than 40 wineries, including two of the state’s largest wine producers—Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Columbia Winery. While it’s easy to see this area in a day trip from Seattle, the area’s top-notch hotel accommodations and renowned restaurants make it a worthwhile overnight destination too.
Visit the state’s oldest winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, which was named American Winery of the Year 2004 by Wine Enthusiast magazine and 2005 Winery of the Year by Restaurant Wine magazine. Here, you can take in a choice of tours, browse the wine and gift shops and enjoy a picnic on the beautiful grounds of the early 20th-century estate.
At Columbia Winery, you can sample wines at one of the largest wine-tasting rooms in Washington. The winery holds events throughout the year. One of the most popular is the Wine Education Program. On November 7-8, the winery hosts a Taste of Red Event—unique and current reds from Columbia Winery with food by top Northwest vendors.