About Wineries, Wine Tasting & Tours, and Wine Festivals
Information is provided for wine enthusiasts about wineries, wine tasting, wine festivals, winery tour services, wine societies, wine related publications and media, wine education, and specialty wine centers in Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby communities including Benton City, Prosser, Yakima, and Walla Walla (see List of Cities & Counties and Area Maps).
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Tri-Cities Wine Map
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. There is usually a wine tasting fee from $7 - $15 that is refundable with a purchase. Plan to allow 30-45 minutes for wine tasting.
Badger Mountain 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 is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 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. Tasting room hours are daily from 10 a.m. - 5 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.
Bartholomew Winery - 421 E Columbia Dr. in Kennewick
Come see what our Columbia Valley dirt tastes like. Sense the difference of Washington State wines and help us define the future of wine while enjoying yourself and not taking it too seriously. We are one of the tenants of the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village. Our tasting room is open Thursday - Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Double Canyon - 8060 Keene Rd. in West Richland
Our tasting room is an addition to our state-of-the-art winery in West Richland. The modernly-designed space features a tasting bar and table seating with intimate views of the barrel room and production area. An outdoor patio invites guests with seating, a fire pit and sweeping views of nearby wine country. Tasting room hours are Friday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Farmhand Winery - 8101 West 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Farmhand is a vine to wine boutique winery. Come sit and enjoy the beauty of the cherry orchard and linger over a selection of distinguished wines. We welcome your visit on Saturdays from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. We also operate the Cherry Chalet.
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. Tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Gordon Estate Winery - 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way in Kennewick
We use all of the fruit from our 95 acre, southern-exposure vineyard along the Snake River to produce our 100% Estate grown wines. Our tasting room is located in the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine Artisan Village. The tasting room is open Thursday - Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Monday – Wednesday by appointment.
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 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Kitzke Cellars - 72308 E. 260 PR NE in Richland
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 is open Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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 is open Wednesday - 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. Tasting room is open Thursday - Sunday from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and by appointment Monday - Wednesday.
Monarcha Winery - 421 E Columbia Dr. in Kennewick
Palencia Winery out of Walla Walla opened Monarcha Winery during March 2018 as one of the new tenants of the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village. Tasting room hours are Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Naoi Cailini Oga Winery - 100821 E. Brandon Dr. in Kennewick
We are a small estate vineyard where each plant in the vineyard is lovingly hand-farmed by owner, Nancy Flynn Thurston, to create a smooth, full bodied Carménère and a beautiful, dry Rosé of Carménère. Our tasting room is open Saturday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sugarhorse Cellars - 8011 Keene Rd in West Richland
Our production and tasting room facility was carved out of Eastern Washingto'’s inland desert, just over the ridge from some of the Northwest's most celebrated vineyards and wineries. Come visit our tasting room on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tagaris Winery - 844 Tulip Lane in Richland
Nestled in the heart of Washington's Wine Country, discover Tagaris Winery, home to fine-dining restaurant Taverna Tagaris. Enjoy award-winning wines and Mediterranean cuisine in an old-world setting. Local People's Choice winner from 2014-2019. Wine tasting Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tri-Cities Wine Map
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. There is usually a wine tasting fee from $7 - $15 that is refundable with a purchase. Plan to allow 30-45 minutes for wine tasting.
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. - 2 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: Friday - Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
MonteScarlatto Estate Winery - 28719 E. SR 224
MonteScarlatto Estate Winery is a fun escape offering a 9 hole golf course in the midst of the vineyard and the 10th hole tasting room to relax. Winter tasting room hours (October 1 - February 29): Friday & Saturday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Summer tasting room hours (March 1 - September 30): Thursday & Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Muret-Gaston Wines, Native Sun Wines, and Purple Star Wines - 56504 N East Roza Rd
Amy and Kyle Johnson own and operate Terra Vinum, the parent company for their Purple Star, Native Sun Wines, and the Muret-Gaston Wines labels. Their wines are produced using varietal blends grown from some of Washington State's finest appellations including Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Red Mountain. Native Sun, for example, uses grapes from Kiona's Heart of the Hill vineyard, fermenting them with wild yeasts and punching down the caps by hand. Their tasting room is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they host a variety of events.
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 (April 1 - November 31): Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 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:
Prosser Wineries - continued
- Hogue Cellars
- Martinez & Martinez Winery
- Mercer Estates Winery
- Milbrandt Vineyards
- Precept Wine
- Prosser Vineyard & Winery
- Smasne Cellars
- Thurston Wolfe Winery
- 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.
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 promotes this AVA and associated wineries .
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. There is usually a wine tasting fee from $7 - $15 that is refundable with a purchase. Plan to allow 30-45 minutes for wine tasting.
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: Daily from 11 a.m. - 5 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: Daily from 12 p.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 from 12 p.m. - 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 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 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 (April - November) Wednesday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and (December - March) Tuesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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 from 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 12 p.m. - 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: (October 1 - February 29) Friday & Saturday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Summer hours (March 1 - September 30) Thursday & Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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 April through December: Friday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 - Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wine tasting hours: (March - October) daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and (November - February) daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA (aka The Rocks) 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. The Rocks District Alliance was formed to promote this AVA and associated wineries.
Some of the wineries associated with this AVA that have a tasting room in the Walla Walla / Milton-Freewater region include:
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.
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.
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 a list of wineries and maps 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 2020
Yakima Valley Wineries
Wine Yakima ValleyYakima Valley Winery 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 winery guide (PDF) that is shown above.
Yakima Valley Wine Country
Yakima Valley Tourism has published detailed information about the Yakima Valley Wine Country that includes wineries, wine tasting tours, wine events, and wine history.
This region is host to several annual wine festivals and events.
Yakima Valley Wineries Red Wine & Chocolate - February
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 Valley Wineries 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.
Auction of Washington Wines: Wine & Music Virtual Concerts and Online Auction - May
Kick off the Wine & Music Week with some online shopping. The Wine & Music auction features more than 100 lots including special wines and collections, regional wine and travel packages, and music-themed experiences. The online auction starts May 18. There will be virtual music concerts each evening on May 18-20. Wine Country Dinners will be held at J. Bookwalter on May 20 and at Hightower Cellars on May 21. Proceeds benefit Washington State University's Viticulture & Enology Research and the AWW Industry Grant. For event information and registration, visit: https://auctionofwawines.org/.
Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine "The World of Syrah" - July
Join more than 60 Walla Walla Valley wineries, internationally known guest winemakers and speakers in exploring one of the world's most noble grape varieties - Syrah. Taste and compare wines from the Walla Walla Valley with wines from around the world during a captivating wine panel. Participate in special tastings of rare vintage wines and intimate winemaker dinners. Mix and mingle with acclaimed winemakers, experts and authors. Visit https://www.celebratewallawalla.com/ for more details.
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 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.
Taste Red Mountain - August
Get to know the top vineyards in Washington at Taste Red Mountain. Red Mountain is celebrating 20 years as an American Viticultural Area with an exclusive wine tasting event featuring more than 20 wineries.
Auction of Washington Wines - Online Auction & Virtual Gala - August
The Auction of Washington Wines is proud to present the Online Auction & Virtual Gala. This year's Auction of Washington Wines events will be held online and virtually, and we invite you to join us! We have a wide variety of wine-themed events, items, and experiences up for bid, so log on, check it out, and know your bids contribute to a good cause! Proceeds will go to support Seattle Children's Hospital and WSU's Viticulture & Enology Program.
Yakima Valley Wineries 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.
Auction of Washington Wines: Bid for Bottles - November
The holiday gifting season is upon us, and the Auction of Washington Wines is introducing "Bid for Bottles - Holiday Edition" online wine auction to double your impact! Bid on one-of-a-kind bottles pulled from the AWW cellar, verticals donated ever-generous Washington wineries, or magnums made for a party. With over 100 lots to choose from, we are sure you will find a gift worthy of giving, even if you give that gift to yourself! As a holiday bonus, Seattle Children's and WSU wine science receive the gift of the proceeds. Now that is what we call a give/give!
Downtown Yakima Sip and Stroll Craft Beverage Walk - November
Sip and Stroll Craft Beverage Walk in Downtown Yakima is a 21 and over event that features producers of the Yakima craft beverage industry where you can sample their product in 13 downtown business locations. Each business venue will have special promotions and activities to make it a truly fun day!.
Yakima Valley Thanksgiving in Wine Country - November
The day after Thanksgiving, Yakima Valley wineries open their doors for a weekend of tastings, perfectly delicious food pairings, live music, holiday specials and more! Come discover your favorite wines for holiday giving and choose the perfect wines for your holiday tables and events. Even better, enjoy special holiday savings at wineries throughout the Valley.
Walla Walla Valley 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.
Walla Walla Valley Wineries Holiday Barrel Tasting - December
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.
Wine 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.
Discover Washington Wine
Discover Washington Wine is an online magazine dedicated to connecting wine enthusiasts with Washington State wineries, wine regions, tasting rooms, events, industry news and more.
Washington State Wine Tour Guide
Washington Wine Country
Tour the areas within the vineyard region of Washington State known as Washington Wine Country: Tri-Cities, Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley.
In Washington Wine Country, you will experience award-winning wines straight from the source and often poured by the wine-maker. The region contains the first AVA (American Vitacultural Area) - Yakima Valley AVA, which originated in 1983. Now, the over 240 wineries in Washington Wine Country include grapes from the regional AVA's of Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Snipes Mountain and Naches Heights.
Wine Press Northwest
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.
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:
- Benton City: Red Mountain Trails
- Prosser: Elegant Wine Country Limousine
- Tri-Cities: Celebrity Limousine
- Tri-Cities: Desert Wave Limousine
- Tri-Cities: Jacobs Limousine
- Tri-Cities: Roads2 Tri-Cities
- Tri-Cities: TC Black
- Tri-Cities: Tri-Cities Limo
- Walla Walla: Black Tie Wine Tours
- Walla Walla: d’Vine Wine Tour
Winery Tour Services continued:
- Walla Walla: Dream Ride Charters & Tours
- Walla Walla: Imbibe Wine Tours
- Walla Walla: Tesla Winery Tours
- Walla Walla: The Touring Co.
- Walla Walla: Walla Walla Valley Tours
- Walla Walla: Walla Walla Wine Limo
- Walla Walla: Wine Country 2Go
- Walla Walla: Winery Tours Walla Walla
- Yakima: Aladdin Limousine
- Yakima: Sunwest Limos
Wine Tasting Tour Tips
Whether you hire a tour guide or brave wine country on your own, here are a few wine touring tips (PDF) that will help you make the most of your experience.
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.
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 is also planning a mixed-use development nearby called The Willows, with a brewery, offices, housing, a hotel and restaurants.
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.
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.