Continuing our celebration of Washington Wine Month, we want to offer you some unique ways to explore the Yakima Valley. Touring the wineries and vineyards of wine country are a great way to connect with your favorite wine. Take a tour of the wineries, meet the locals who work to bring you fine wines, and see acres of vineyards that will one day become your favorite wine. Here are a couple of the unique tour options in the Yakima Valley.
WINERY & VINEYARD TOURS
A boutique winery in Zillah that is part of the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail, their tour is conducted by master winegrower and winery owner, Paul Vandenberg. He will discuss management strategies of his four vineyards and how he does it with zero pesticides. The tour ends with a wine tasting paired with tasting bites. Tours are on Sundays at 9am, and the cost is $20, with group and student rates available.
Domanico is a small, family-owned and operated winey in the heart of Prosser’s thriving wine country. Previously known as the Carter Family Vineyard, the Domanico family purchased the 8.66 acres of mixed small blocks vineyards in North Prosser in 2012. The owner/winemakers can usually be found working hard amongst the vines, but they also divide their time with their tasting room in Seattle. They love giving tours of their beautiful vineyards, so give them a call at (206) 465-9406 and schedule a tour.
- Prosser Tasting Room – Schedule a private wine and food pairing at the Prosser tasting room locations; enjoy award winning wines and stunning atmosphere with our knowledgeable team.
- Destiny Ridge Vineyard Tasting Room – Enjoy a tasting and a walk through the vines at the estate vineyard on Destiny Ridge. All private tastings and tours must be scheduled in advance, so please contact them at 509.786.3497 or by email.
- The Complimentary Tour is available any time during normal operating hours. Guests can grab a self-guided tour map and walk through the winemaking process from vineyard to finished bottle.
- The Reserve Tours will give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Columbia Crest’s winemaking process. Learn how quality, heritage and innovation of grape growing and winemaking go into every bottle of Columbia Crest wine. Their knowledgeable staff will lead you through their production facility and culminate your tour in the Le Petit Chai Barrel room, where you will sample wines from their Reserve tier. $25/person/$20 for wine club members. An appointment is required for this experience, so please call 509.875.4227.
Group Tours are available for groups of 2-50 people. The tour includes a guided walk through the facility, led by a Desert Wind staff member, plus tasting of five Desert Wind wines. Advance reservations are required, so please call (509) 786.7277 to reserve your space.
There are also a number of wineries that do tour events throughout the year, such as Airfield Estates, Mckinley Springs, and Treveri Cellars, or visit during Spring Barrel Tasting Weekend the last weekend in April every year.
The exhibits at the Walter Clore Center tell the story of the growth of the wine industry in the Yakima Valley. They also offer tastings of wines from a different AVA each month. The exhibits include four main installations:
- Walter Clore Tribute: Learn about the Father of Washington Wine, while you taste and explore some of the best wines Washington has to offer. View a selection of Dr. Clore’s carefully cataloged slides that have been enlarged, framed and backlit to highlight his years of research, including his handwritten notes detailing dates, vineyards, and research.
- The Rolling Hills Exhibit: Here the stories of the people and the history of the land. Two multimedia touch screens allow for interactive and updateable content, and topics include crops across Washington, climate, topography, water, a look at wine grapes and juice grapes, and a glimpse inside the winemaking process.
- Map of Washington’s American Viticulture Areas: Each AVA is depicted on the map, helping visitors connect to where the wine they are enjoying originated, and leave better educated about character and characteristics of each growing region.
Take a virtual tour of this boutique winery that exemplifies the word, “handcrafted.” From grapes picked by hand and crushed manually, to vat knockdowns still down by hand. No machinery is used in any step along the way with this traditional French method of producing wine. Click here to take the virtual tour.
Alexandria Nicole’s Tiny Houses are surrounded by acres of the Destiny Ridge Vineyards. This is glamping at its best, overlooking the Columbia River! These modern tiny houses are available to rent. There are four tiny houses to choose from, and each is unique:
The only thing better than watching the video is being there in person to create your own story. Come take a winery tour during Washington Wine Month and taste the fine wines of the Yakima Valley.