Many of us regularly sip wine at home with a good meal, but for those wanting to know the history behind the rich liquid inside the glass, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards opens its gates to visitors. The French style winery dispels the myth that good wine can only be produced in warm climates and proves that great wines can most definitely come from Washington state. It is located in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains in the Columbia Valley, where warmer temperatures and less wet weather allow the vines to flourish. With over 100 years of tradition to look back on, Chateau Ste. Michelle prides itself on combining old world winemaking with modern innovations and thus operates two modern wineries for both red and white wine.
There are regular guided tours and tastings held, which give insight into the bottling and fermentation process and refine the palette as well as show how to properly smell, swirl and taste wine. Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards is especially well known for their Rieslings, and special culinary events pair the fine wine with appropriate foods. Afterwards, the extensive as well as beautiful grounds invite for a stroll among peacocks and ducks or a picnic on the extensive grassy areas.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards can be visited daily between 10am and 5pm. The winery is located about 20 miles outside of Seattle in Woodinville and is best reached by car.