Delille Carriage House | Photo: Keith Megay

Woodinville Uncorked

A 30-minute drive northeast of Seattle is a wine lover’s paradise called Woodinville ( More than 100 wineries and tasting rooms dot this town, where visitors can find diverse pours from all over the state. Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wines in the country, so there’s plenty to try.

Start sipping in the Hollywood Winery District—where Northeast 145th Street and Woodinville-Redmond Road Northeast intersect—at the state’s first winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle (*14111 NE 145th St; Known for its spacious grounds and Old World–style architecture, Chateau offers free behind-the-scenes tours of its wine-making operation, ending with complimentary tastes of its award-winning rieslings, merlots, and more.

Across the street, Columbia Winery (*14030 NE 145th St; offers exclusive pours of reds and whites that can only be found in its Woodinville tasting room, such as a blackberry-and-cherry-rich cabernet franc and a refreshingly citrusy white blend. Just a five-minute walk north, Novelty Hill–Januik Winery (*14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE; has a strong lineup of 90-plus-rated wines to sample in a contemporary space and a sun-filled outdoor seating area.

Less than a mile east—about a 15-minute walk away—tasting rooms line the streets, so travelers can park their cars and stroll to their next pour. Find DeLille Cellars (*14421 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE;, with its cozy patio and rotating tasting menu; Long Shadows Vintners (14450 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Ste 105;, with premium reds and luxe leather club chairs; Lauren Ashton Cellars (*14545 148th Ave NE, Ste 211;, where each tasting is led by a “coach” who explains the unique qualities of every wine in detail; and more than a dozen others—all worth a visit.

North in the Warehouse District, more than 50 additional wineries craft an array of varietals in converted warehouses. Don’t miss EFESTE (*19730 144th Ave NE;—its wines have garnered praise from the likes of Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator—or the Third Thursday Wine Walks (4–8pm; April through October), when multiple wineries roll up their doors to pour tastes for a flat $20 fee.

To plan your wine-tasting day, download a map online at



Several tour operators, such as Bon Vivant Wine Tours (* and Seattle Wine Tours (*, offer guided tasting excursions to Woodinville.


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