About Wineries, Wine Tasting & Tours, and Wine Festivals
Information about wineries, wine tasting, wine festivals, winery tour services, wine societies, wine related publications and media, wine education, and specialty wine centers is provided for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby communities including Benton City, Prosser, Yakima, and Walla Walla (see List of Cities & Counties and Area Maps). Check out the following topics:
Tri-Cities Wine Trails & Art Guide
There are about a dozen wineries in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) that are part of the greater Columbia Valley AVA. The wineries listed in this section have wine tasting rooms, some offer chef inspired cuisines, and some even offer live music. Be sure to check the winery's website for current hours of operation.
Badger Mountain Vineyard / Powers Winery, 1106 Jurupa Street in Kennewick
Surrounded by 75 acres of certified organic vineyard, Badger Mountain and Powers Winery offer wine sampling in a relaxed country setting just minutes from Columbia Center Mall. Picnic area and tasting room open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Barnard Griffin Winery, 878 Tulip Lane in Richland
Barnard Griffin is a premier family owned winery and one of the most award-winning wineries in the state. Features a tasting room, wine bar and eatery, large patio, and glass gallery & studio. Wine Bar and Eatery Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays noon to 10 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is live music on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7 p.m.
Deborah Barnard, winery co-owner, operates db Studio which is an artisan glass studio located at the winery. Most of her work centers on utilitarian items such as trays, bowls and plates which can be used for everyday as well as special occasions. She also teaches classes and hosts workshops.
Gordon Estate Winery, 671 Levey Road in Pasco
We use all of the fruit from our 95 acre, southern-exposure vineyard along the Snake River to produce our 100% Estate grown wines. Note: their Gordon Estate Restaurant & Wine Bar closed on July 15, 2017.
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, 16304 N. Dallas Rd. in Richland
A family-owned and operated winery dedicated to limited production, handcrafted wines from select, estate-grown grapes. Live music is occasionally featured. Tasting room open daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
J Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Lane in Richland
Exceptional wine, entertainment & a locally driven, chef inspired dining experience with multiple outdoor patios, bocce ball courts & fire pits. Bookwalter offers tastings daily and is open from 11 a.m. to close. They feature live music on weekends during the summer months.
Kitzke Cellars, 72308 E. 260 PR NE in Richland (off Dallas Road)
Kitzke Cellars is a family owned boutique winery and vineyard. We specialize in small lots of handcrafted wines. Our tasting room is located on Candy Mountain which offers a lovely patio view of the Tri-Cities. Tasting room open Monday, Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Longship Cellars, 404 Bradley Blvd. Suite 100 in Richland
What started as a handful of barrels in 2013 has finally lead to the opening of Longship Cellars tasting room at the River Walk in Richland. Tasting room open Monday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Market Vineyards, 1950 Keene Rd., Bldg. S in Richland
Washington State's award winning winemaker, Charlie Hoppes, is Market Vineyards’ head winemaker, producing handcrafted wines wine sourced from the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain AVA. Live music is occasionally featured. Tasting room open Thursday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Tagaris Winery, 844 Tulip Lane in Richland
Recognized by ZAGAT as "1 of 8 wineries in the world with fabulous food." Features fresh Northwest cuisine, estate wines, cocktails and microbrews in an artistically authentic venue. People's Choice 2015 Winner "Best Wine Tasting Room" and "Best Outdoor Dining." Wine tasting Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Saturday starting at 5 p.m. There is live music on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer months.
Mid-Columbia Wine Tourism Council
The mission of the Mid-Columbia Wine Tourism Council is to promote and market Benton & Franklin Counties as a wine tourism destination. You can find information on what's happening within our local wine related community.
Tri-Cities Wine Trails & Art Guide
Visit Tri-Cities and the Mid-Columbia Wine Tourism Council published the Tri-Cities Wine Trails & Art Guide that lists wineries, art galleries, and other cultural points of interest around the Tri-Cities.
Tri-City Vibe - Food, Music, and Wine
Tri-City Vibe is a local source of information on live music, nightlife, food & wine, and happy hours in the Tri-Cities.
Benton City Wineries
There are a handful of wineries in Benton City that are part of the greater Columbia Valley AVA that offer wine tasting. These wineries are not associated with the Red Mountain AVA, also near Benton City. Be sure to check the winery's website for current hours of operation.
Anelare - 19205 N. McBee Road NW
“Anelare” is Italian for “desire” or “yearn for,” and it is a fitting description of our low-allocation, premium winery. Come sip, savor, and enjoy the incredible views at Anelare! Wine tasting hours: Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chandler Reach - 9506 W Chandler Rd
Chandler Reach Vineyards is situated just above the Yakima River with a beautiful vista overlooking Red Mountain. The 42 planted acres produce outstanding fruit and represent the fine terroir found in the Yakima Valley growing region. Our estate grown fruit and hand crafted wines are a fine example. Wine tasting hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Purple Star - 56504 N East Roza Rd.
Purple Star's varietal blends are grown from some of Washington State's finest appellations including Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Red Mountain. Taste Purple Star, Native Sun and Muret-Gaston Wines in our new tasting room! Wine tasting hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sleeping Dog Wines - 45804 N. Whitmore PR NW
Larry and Joyce are dedicated to their dream: making sound wines with expressive fruit flavors, all the while enjoying the camaraderie of good friends, food, and wine. Our reds are generally crafted to reach their best expression after several years of aging. Wine tasting hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through November.
Tucannon Cellars - 40504 N Demoss Rd.
Our wine is hand-crafted using the traditional French method in our winery. No machinery is used as every step of the way is done and facilitated by hand. Our grapes are picked by hand and crushed manually. This is the home of boutique wine in the Yakima Valley. Wine tasting hours: Thursday, Sunday & Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Horse Heaven Hills Wineries
Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers
The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers represents 27 vineyards and several wineries as part of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The wineries with tasting rooms include Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Columbia Crest Winery, and McKinley Springs Winery. The Horse Heaven Hills AVA is located to the southwest of the Tri-Cities.
Prosser, located about 30 minutes from the Tri-Cities, is home to over a dozen wineries that are part of the Yakima Valley AVA. In addition to tasting rooms to visit, there are several wine related events that take place each year. Some of the wineries in Prosser include:
- 14 Hands Winery
- 2dor Wines
- Airfield Estates Winery
- Alexandria Nicole Cellars
- Apex Cellars
- Bunnell Family Cellar
- Chinook Wines
- Columbia Crest Winery
- Coyote Canyon Winery
- Desert Wind Winery
- Daven Lore Winery
- Gamache Vintners
- Hogue Cellars
- Martinez & Martinez Winery
- Mercer Estates Winery
- Milbrandt Vineyards
- Pontin Del Roza Winery
- Prosser Vineyard & Winery
- Smasne Cellars
- Vine Heart Winery
- Willow Crest Wine Estates
- Wit Cellars
Prosser Wine Network
The Prosser Wine Network, founded in spring of 2014, is an organization focused on the promotion of Prosser wine within our community and beyond. A directory of member wineries is provided along with an event calendar.
Wine Country 2017
Rattlesnake Hills Wineries
Red Mountain Wineries
The Red Mountain AVA, located near Benton City, is known primarily for extraordinary terroir that produces red varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. The Red Mountain AVA Alliance was formed to represent some of the wineries in this AVA.
The wineries listed below are located within the boundaries of the Red Mountain AVA and offer wine tasting. Be sure to check the winery's website for current hours of operation.
Col Solare Winery - 50207 Antinori Road
Situated high upon the slope of Red Mountain, our signature property offers stunning views of the valley from our state-of-the-art winery. We are pleased to offer regular tasting room hours at our Red Mountain estate winery. We offer wine flights and wine by the glass. Wine tasting hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cooper Wine Company - 35306 N. Sunset Road
A small, family-run operation, Cooper Wine Company is all about Bordeaux-style reds; quality wines with character and balance crafted from the best of Red Mountain and other local vineyards - vineyards ripe with tried and true Bordeaux varietals. We would like you to enjoy our wines and feel a sense of place when you experience them. Wine tasting hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fidelitas - 51810 N Sunset Road
It's just wine - crafted by Fidelitas owner and winemaker, Charlie Hoppes, one of Washington's most respected winemakers, who brings over a quarter century of knowledge to every bottle. Fidelitas is faithful to Bordeaux grape varieties, loyal to modern craft winemaking techniques, and true to Washington State's Red Mountain terroir. Wine tasting hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Frichette Winery - 39412 N Sunset Road
Our winery features a cozy tasting room, a wedding and special events space, and beautiful views of Washington's Red Mountain. We offer varietals that showcase our region's finest vineyards and honor winemaking practices that produce wines of amazing quality, consistency, balance, and finish. Wine tasting hours: Daily Noon - 5 p.m.
Hamilton Cellars - 55410 N Sunset Road
Hamilton Cellars is a beautiful facility on Red Mountain that offers spectacular views and a relaxing atmosphere. We invite you to stop by, and enjoy a glass of Hamilton Cellars award winning wines and enjoy the ambiance of our unique tasting room. Wine tasting hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Hedges Family Estate - 53511 N Sunset Road
Hedges Family Estate makes wines that express the land of Red Mountain. Our goal is to treat our wines with reverence and let the Red Mountain terroir speak for itself. Wine tasting hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., April through November.
Hightower Cellers - 19418 E. 583 PR NE
We hope you will come visit us and enjoy our winery's intimate setting with majestic views of the estate vineyard and the valley below. Wine tasting hours: Thursday - Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Kiona Vineyards and Winery - 44612 N Sunset Road
We plant grapes. We grow grapes. We make wine. We sell wine. All on Red Mountain. And all as a family. Come taste our wine! Wine tasting hours: Daily Noon - 5 p.m.
MonteScarlatto Estate Winery - 28719 E. SR 224
We invite you to visit our winery and vineyard in transcendent desert beauty, play a few holes of golf on our 9 hole, par 3 golf course, and enjoy the 10th Hole Tasting Room. Wine tasting hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday & Sunday and 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday.
Portrait Cellars - 27318 E Ambassador PRNE
Portrait Cellars is a small family Winery. Our red wines are grown exclusively at our 12 acre vineyard on Red Mountain. We're called "Portrait Cellars" because Eve is a portrait painter and we feature her portraits on our labels. Wine tasting hours: open for major event weekends and by appointment which means you just pick up your phone and call (509) 588-4534.
Tapteil Vineyard Winery - 20206 E 583 PR NE
Pack a picnic and enjoy a panoramic view from our hilltop terrace. Sit by the basalt fountain, stroll the vineyard and see a hillside that illustrates the soil composition of this tiny, unique appellation. Compare imported olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the wine tasting room, all while enjoying Tapteil's estate wines. Wine tasting hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April through December.
Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard - 34715 N. DeMoss Road
We offer a wine selection that is constantly changing so that each time you taste here you are guaranteed to try something new! Our Vineyard Grill is a partnership between Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard and Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar. It is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wine tasting hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
Wineries in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, formerly associated with the Walla Walla AVA, are now associated with the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater (aka The Rocks) which was formed in February 2015. Only 4.9 square miles in size, with a gentle east-west slope, it sits on a dried-up alluvial fan in the Walla Walla River Valley.
Kevin Pogue, a structural geology professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, describes the proposed American Viticultural Area for Oregon called The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater.
Wineries with vineyards in this AVA include:
- Beresan Winery
- Buty Winery
- Cayuse Vineyards
- Charles Smith Wines
- Delmas Wines
- Don Carlo Vineyard
- Dusted Valley Vintners
- Figgins Family Wine Estates
- Proper Wines
- Otis Kenyon Wine
- Rasa Vineyards
- Reynvaan Family Vineyards
- Rôtie Cellars
- Saviah Cellars
- Sleight of Hand Cellars
- Watermill Winery
- Waters Winery
- Zerba Cellars
Wine, Cider, Cheese, Chocolates & the 'Iconic Rocks' Tour
Roads2 Day Adventures offers a "Wine, Cider, Cheese, Chocolates & the 'Iconic Rocks'" day trip that includes a stop at the Don Carlo Vineyard.
Table grapes were first planted on Snipes Mountain between 1914 and 1917 which made it one of Washington State's first grape growing regions. Now Snipes Mountain AVA is Washington State's tenth federally designated AVA. Snipes Mountain is the second smallest AVA in Washington, after the Red Mountain AVA.
Its vineyards grow more than 30 different wine grape varieties and the fruit is used by more than 25 wineries. It is located between Granger and Sunnyside around Outlook and is currently home to Upland Estates Winery.
Walla Walla Valley Wineries
There are a number of wineries in the Walla Walla Valley AVA that are primarily concentrated in downtown Walla Walla and by the Walla Walla Regional Airport. Visit Walla Walla has produced maps of wineries in and around Walla Walla:
Visit Walla Walla
Visit Walla Walla has information on wineries, winery events and wine tour operators.
Walla Walla Valley Wine AllianceWineries of the Walla Walla Valley 2017
Yakima Valley Wineries
There are a number of wineries in the Yakima Valley AVA. Yakima Valley Tourism has produced a brochure (PDF) that includes the map above and a list of wineries that you can view.
Wine Yakima ValleyYakima Valley Wine Touring Guide (PDF)
The Wine Yakima Valley represents over 40 wineries in the Yakima Valley AVA. View their list of wineries to find wineries and vineyards between Yakima and the Tri-Cities. In addition, view their touring guide (PDF) that is shown above.
Yakima Valley Tourism
Yakima Valley Tourism has published information about the Yakima Valley Wine Country.
Wine FestivalsVintners in the Vineyard
This region is host to several annual wine festivals and events that include the following described below.
Benton City - Vineyard Dinner Series - June
The Auction of Washington Wines' Vineyard Dinner Series is a new spin on a longtime favorite event for many of our guests that takes place in June. These dinners will be held at vineyards in the Tri-Cities area including: Col Solare, Fidelitas & Hedges Family Estate. Local award-winning Chefs create custom menus while philanthropists and wine lovers gather around the table to share stories.
Horse Heaven Hills Annual Trail Drive, Wine Tasting & BBQ - July
Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala - July
The annual Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala is held in July in Historic Downtown Prosser and features artists from all over the Pacific Northwest. Local wineries offer their latest vintages and area food vendors provide the fare as jazz fills the air. No one under 21 is admitted and limited tickets are available for this event.
Tri-Cities Wine Festival - November
The Tri-Cities Wine Society sponsors the Tri-Cities Wine Festival that is held in early November at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. There is a wine dinner & seminar with the gala wine tasting, silent auction and awards presentation.
Walla Walla Valley Wineries
Spring Release Weekend - May
During the Spring Release Weekend in May, wineries celebrate the season and showcase new releases by opening their cellars and tasting rooms. Visitors are often treated to many special events at the wineries; including music, delectable food, and demonstrations.
Fall Release Weekend - November
During the Fall Release Weekend in November, you are invited in the celebration of a job well done by the vineyards and wineries. Spend a day or two with them as they open their doors and cellars to taste new releases, reflect on harvest, and welcome autumn into the Walla Walla Valley. Enjoy wines from over 50 wineries.
Holiday Barrel Tasting - December 1-3, 2017
During the Holiday Barrel Tasting in December, over 50 of the Valley's wineries will be decked-out for the holiday season. Winemakers will be on hand to introduce their new wines as well as future wines still in the barrel. Visitors can be the first to enjoy the new vintage and take home a selection.
Yakima Valley Wineries
Red Wine & Chocolate - February 17-19, 2018
Visit the more than 50 wineries in the Yakima Valley Wine country during the Red Wine & Chocolate event held on Presidents' Day weekend. Each winery pairs sumptuous chocolate desserts with their very own remarkable red wines.
Yakima Spring Barrel Tasting - April
The Yakima Spring Barrel Tasting in April is your chance to get a jump on tasting and purchasing some of the best wines in wine country. A visit to the Valley will allow you to sample yet-unfinished wines from the barrel.
Catch the Crush - October
Join the Yakima Valley wineries to celebrate the harvest at the annual Catch the Crush event in October. Each winery offers its own celebratory events, including grape stomps, harvest and crush activities, tours, free-run juice, hors de'oeuvr.
Thanksgiving in Wine Country - Taste to Fight Hunger - November 1-30, 2017
Thanksgiving in Wine Country offers an opportunity to taste wine, purchase the perfect bottle for your holiday table and help fight hunger.
Wine Yakima Valley has partnered with Northwest Harvest to help feed the hungry this holiday season. Visit any participating winery during the holiday weekend and look for the Thanksgiving in Wine Country Taste to Fight Hunger donation box and give. All proceeds made to Taste to Fight Hunger will be donated to Northwest Harvest.
Winery Tour Services
Several winery tour services in this region offer three hour winery tours for around $375 for a small group. For more information on winery tour services, visit the following:
Winery Tour Services continued:
- Walla Walla: AJ Carriages of Walla Walla
- Walla Walla: Black Tie Limousines
- Walla Walla: Imbibe Wine Tours
- Walla Walla: Dream Ride Charters & Tours
- Yakima: Aladdin Limousine
- Yakima: Moonlit Ride Limousine
- Yakima: Sun City Wine Tours
Wine Tasting Tour Tips
Whether you hire a tour guide or brave wine country on your own, here are a few wine touring tips that will help you make the most of your experience.
Tri-Cities Wine Society
The Tri-Cities Wine Society is a non-profit organization that hosts monthly educationally focused wine-tasting events for its members and their guests in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. They also sponsor the annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival.
Yakima Enological Society
The Yakima Enological Society was estabished in 1976 for the purpose of fostering interest in and appreciation of viticulture, enology, and proper use of wine. The group meets monthly and offers tastings throughout the year.
Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village - Kennewick
The Port of Kennewick is building the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village in phases at 421 E. Columbia Drive in Kennewick.
Located in an urban setting along the Columbia River shoreline, the goal of the Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village is to provide a vibrant gathering place to enjoy boutique wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, shops, art, and riparian wildlife along a scenic nature trail.
The port is planning to add space for more wineries as well as businesses like cheese shops and boutique restaurants. The port also planning a mixed-use development nearby called The Willows, with a brewery, offices, housing, a hotel and restaurants. It will also be home to Columbia Basin College's Center for Culinary Arts Education.
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates - WSU Wine Science Center - Richland
The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center is a viticulture and enology research and teaching facility at Washington State University Tri-Cities. It is a 34,000 sq. ft. facility that features a gravity-flow research and teaching winery, research laboratories, and classrooms. It is a showcase for WSU's research and education and serves as a gathering place for industry collaboration, students and visiting scholars from around the world.
Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center - Prosser
The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser is a centrally located, must-see learning center that promotes Washington State wine and food by actively engaging visitors to experience and realize the quality and diversity of Washington's wine and food products.
Enology & Viticulture College Degree & Certification Programs
Walla Walla Community College, Yalkima Valley Community College, and Washington State University offer degree and certification programs in enology and viticulture.
Walla Walla Community College
At Walla Walla Community College, the Institute for Enology and Viticulture provides students with hands-on experience in winemaking, viticulture practices, and wine sales where students can earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Enology & Viticulture. In addition to the teaching vineyard, the Institute has created a state-of-the-art commercial teaching winery at College Cellars where students are responsible for winemaking and wine-related chemistry.
Students may also choose to earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Wine Business or seek certification in Viticulture Science or Fermentation Science.
Yakima Valley Community College
At Yakima Valley Community College, you can obtain an Associate in Arts And Sciences Degree in Vineyard and Winery Technology. After completing the program, students will have developed a diversified knowledge of viticulture, enology, mathematics and applied sciences that provides them the skill sets to be a valuable asset for any perspective career path or as a transfer to a 4-year university, such as Washington State University.
Washington State University
Washington State University offers two undergraduate degrees. The Viticulture & Enology degree prepares students for successful careers in Washington’s flourishing wine industry and beyond. Learn about juice and wine at each and every step of the process, from growing grapes to harvesting them to processing and evaluating the wines made from them.
Students who pursue the Wine Business Management degree are well prepared to face the complex challenges of the wine industry. Part of the WSU's Hospitality Business Management Program, students learn about wine business in functional areas including management of wine production, marketing, finance, compliance, tourism, and more.
Wine Related Publications & Media
Food and Wine Pairing
Dr. Robert J. Harrington returned to the Tri-Cities to become a faculty member for the hospitality degree program at WSU-Tri-Cities that started up in Fall 2015. As a former professor at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, he published the reference book Food and Wine Pairing: A Sensory Experience.
This is "the only book that presents food and wine pairing from a culinary and sensory perspective." Chapter 11 features food and wine pairing from the Northwest. This book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The Science of Grapevines: Anatomy and Physiology
Markus Keller, Ph.D., a Washington State University viticulturist at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, is the author of The Science of GrapeVines: Anatomy and Physiology. This textbook is the only one to comprehensively explore the physiology of the grapevine as it occurs around the world. It is available from Elsevier, the publisher of this book, and from Amazon.com.
Washington State Wine Tour Guide
Wine Press Northwest
Wine Away Stain Remover
Wine Away is manufactured by Evergreen Labs, Inc. in Walla Walla for removing red wine stains. You can purchase it online or at most wineries and wine shops.