Wine Country

Wine Country


Washington is fast becoming a wine capital of the world, and while Walla Walla is the most well known and Woodinville the closest to Seattle, Yakima is the perfect place to take a day trip. With great variety and lots of affordable wines, Yakima draws people from all over the state for tastings. Located about two and a half hours outside of Seattle in south central Washington, Yakima has a very different climate then Seattle, making it an excellent place to grow wine grapes. Unlike the Woodinville wineries, many of the Yakima wineries grow a large portion of their grapes on their own premises, which can be seen at the wineries.

Some of the best times to visit Yakima are when the whether is worst in Seattle. A great way to escape the rain of the fall and spring in Seattle is to drive over the mountains to the sunshine and heat of Yakima. While more than half the wine produced in Washington state comes from the Yakima Valley, there are a lot of small, family wineries located here, allowing visitors to connect with the wines. The views in the area are scenic, overlooking vineyards and looking out to Mt. Adams.

With over 70 wineries to choose from, it can be hard to decide where in Yakima to go. Luckily the large numbers mean that it is easy to hop from one vineyard to another in the more rural parts, such as Zillah, or head to the tasting rooms that are gathered together in town, such as in Prosser. Turn to something like the Wilridge Vineyards cooperative tasting room, where there are a few different wineries at one place. Many of the vineyards and wineries will have food available, especially on busy weekends, but often the best strategy is to bring a picnic and set up on the lawn overlooking some growing grapes.




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