Fall is one of the best times to visit the Yakima Valley, home to over 100 wineries. Yakima Valley grows over 50% of state’s wine grapes and our fall grape crush activities are in full swing. Come down and take advantage of the wine discounts, stock up on wine for the family dinner, or grab a bottle (or 2) for your best friend.
You can participate in educational tours, speak to local winemakers, stomp freshly picked grapes, and enjoy live music/food at various wineries at this annual weekend event. Don’t forget to bring your own glass or stop at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center and pick up your own Govino travel wineglass for only $5, which includes winetasting and a free comprehensive list of weekend events and maps to the wineries. Click on the winery links below for complete information on wineries offering special events during the crush.
Catch the Crush Winery Events:
Airfield Estates: 10/13/2018 2018 Airfield Estates Annual 5K Vineyard Run. 10 AM Onsite Registration Opens, 11 AM Race Start, 12 PM Awards Ceremony. There will also be our Annual Grape Stomp from 2-4pm! Help create the next vintage of Sangiovese Rosé. Registration is $30 per person. Fee includes one glass of wine, complimentary wine tasting, and a plastic logo tumbler.
AntoLin Cellars: Celebrate Harvest at AntoLin Cellars. AntoLin Cellars will offer both free tasting with Premier Pass and free tasting with purchase of a 12 bottle case.
Barrel Springs Winery: Join us 10 am to 5 pm as we celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year….HARVEST! Premier Pass Holders will have the tasting fee waived, along with complimentary artisan cheese paired perfectly with our flight of premium wines. Neighbor’s “Texas Style” BBQ will be on site Saturday to serve up some delicious bites you can enjoy on the back patio with a glass of wine!
Chandler Reach Vineyards: Join us 11am to 6pm for a true Harvest Celebration! Catch our winemaking team in action on the crush pad as they bring in our estate fruit! 10/13/2018 music.
Columbia Crest Winery: No tasting fees for the weekend, a self-guided tour route, fresh pressed juice for sampling and lots of fun! Open 10 – 5 pm daily. Start your crush weekend here at Columbia Crest were we kick off with our Fall Cellar Sale, Saturday. Watch grapes being unloaded right out front of the Chateau and visible from our courtyard. No tasting fees for the weekend, a self-guided tour route, fresh pressed juice for sampling and lots of fun!
Coyote Canyon Winery & Martinez & Martinez: 10/13/2018 Annual Harvest Party & Catch the Crush. 1 p.m. cost $5.00. Grape Stomp Team (3-person team) $10/team. Music by TC Latin Fusion. Food by Nana Kate, Smoked Freedom (Non Profit- Wounded Warriors) & Garcia’s. Bring your own wine glass or purchase a CCW or Martinez & Martinez glass.
Desert Wind Winery: Taste wine on crush pad from barrels and tank, accompanied by small food pairings. Tours provided 10am and 12pm by appointment only. $20/guest | Complimentary for Wine Club Members (2 tickets). To reserve call 509.786.7277.
Gilbert Cellars: Saturday Tours and tastings by appointment only, 48 hrs. advance. Call Via (509) 249- 9049 x 7.
Ginko Forest Winery & McKinley Springs Winery: Grape to Glass. A “Bring your own Glass” event. Admission is $15 (with glass) or $20 (including a stemless glass) and is good at both wineries. No admission fee for Wine Club Members. Once inside partake in 6 delightful food & wine pairings, fresh grapes from both Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope, meet the Winemakers, enjoy barrel tastings, $6 – 6oz glass pours, barbecue by Smoked Freedom, and a menu from Nana Kate’s. 10.13/11am – 5pm.
Hightower Cellars: Tasting Through Time – From fermentation, through barrel aging, bottle aging, and long-term cellar aging. Experience a grape’s transformation from a tiny sweet grape to a big, beautiful, age worthy wine. $15 tasting fee waived for pass holders and Hightower Wine Club Members.
Mercer Estates: Glassybaby roadshow (10% of proceeds from sales of Glassybaby go directly to our great local charity-Mustangs for Mustangs). Live music by the Knutzen Brothers Saturday 1-4pm. Barrel Room & Production Tours. Purple Star Winery: Up close and personal harvest experience for Wine Club members and Premier Pass holders. Get an in depth look at the stages of harvest. Fat Umbrella Food Truck will be on site Saturday & Sunday.
Severino Cellars: Pumpkins on the Porch; Sat. Oct 13th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Create an amazing table top floral arrangement using a real pumpkin and succulents! Class cost is $55 and includes a glass of wine, all tools and supplies, as well as your finished pumpkin. Register now.
Silverlake: 5 p.m. What a better way to spend the weekend than a little Wine 101 while you listen to live music by the fire and enjoy little snacks!
Tanjuli Winery: “The Chophouse at The Old Warehouse” is joining forces with Tanjuli Winery from 11am to 4pm Saturday October 13th to provide great food with our amazing Estate wines, Picpoul Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Sagrantino, Orange Muscat and Black Muscat Port. So come immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the crush at Tanjuli Winery.
Tapteil Vineyard Winery: Enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the Red Mountain AVA and the entire Yakima River Valley as you stomp grapes on this hilltop terrace. Winemaker and grape grower, Larry Pearson and label artist, Jane Pearson will be on hand to chat during your visit. Taste estate grown wines and imported olive oil and vinegars in the tasting room.
Thurston-Wolfe Winery: 11 am – 5 pm Thurston-Wolfe Winery will be featuring all tasting wines at 20% discount and sampling of Chocolate Mousse from Chef Cathleen Williams with the Premier Pass or a $10.00 tasting fee.
Two Mountain Winery: Become a Wine Maker for A Day as we walk you through the full experience of what our winemakers do (other than just make great wine!). Saturday 1-3 pm. Tickets $20.00 each. Call 509.829.3900. Live music and local food truck favorite Kim’s Got Smoke BBQ.
VanArnam Vineyards: Roll up your pants and join the purple feet club. Free to stomp and $10 for a t-shirt. 10am to 5pm Saturday.
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery: Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a walking tour at 1pm, grape stomp at 2pm and vineyard adventures all day long. What I Crave food truck 12-5pm.
Yakima Valley Carriage Company: Make your crush experience even more memorable with a horse drawn carriage ride thru the vineyards to visit the wineries.