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Visting Seattle Wineries

Nov 2, 2011  Wineries are the factories -- the production facilities -- where wine is made. Vineyards, by comparison are the farms where wine grapes are grown. Tasting rooms are simply shops where wine is sampled and sold. It is important to know the difference. Western WA wineries get their grapes from vineyards in Eastern WA appellations at harvest time and truck them back to Seattle for vinification and ultimately bottling. Most wineries in the Seattle area are in functional warehouses, often with a small office and tasting room attached. There are no surrounding vineyards. The real enjoyment of these small wineries is two-fold: tasting world class wine and often having the chance to see the winery facilities and meet the winemaker. Free standing tasting rooms may offer wines from one winery or a number of wineries. You will taste great wines and often get a good overview of the winemaking process as well as appreciation of the wines tasted. However you will not be visiting the actual production facility. All of the listings below are actual wineries in Seattle proper.
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Washington has a world class wine industry and there are many wineries in Seattle that you can visit.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Almquist Family Vintners
    http://www.almquistfamilyvintners.com/

    Located across the ship canal from the Fremont nieghborhood Almquist offers numerous single varietal bottlings (mostly single vineyard designate wines). Alquist is a small production facility. I don't have firm numbers but I have seen websites list production at 1000 cases. A number of AFV releases have won awards in tasting events. Visiting hours are 5-10 pm most weeknights with the tasting room opening at noon on weekends. Check the website though because the days and hours vary seasonally. The owners also operate the adjoining critically acclaimed Bookbindery restaurant.

  • 2. Domanico Cellars
    http://www.domanicocellars.com/

    Located in Ballard, this small production winery has been well received by nationally recognized critics and offers red Bordeaux-style blends as well as a riesling and a rose. From info I have found it looks like total production is around 500 cases per year. Current hours are 5-9pm Friday, Saturdays 12-6pm or by appointment. Check the website for updated hours and offerings.

  • 3. Cadence Winery
    http://cadencewinery.com

    A top tier small production Washington winery that has attained a high level of critical acclaim. Cadence offers red Bordeaux-style blends using grapes from the Red Mountain appellation. In addition to their own estate vineyard they source from some of the most acclaimed vineyards in Washington. I read a 2011 post indicating that their total production is around 2400 cases (100 barrels). The winery is located in the Southpark neighborhood. Cadence is part of South Seattle Artisan Wineries, a group of six wineries south of downtown Seattle that engage in collective promotion. The winery is typically open every second Saturday from February to August and for special events including a holiday tasting. Check the Cadence website for more information. You can also contact Cadence for an appointment to visit.

  • 4. OS Winery
    http://oswinery.com

    OS is another small production winery that has an impressive and critically recognized line up of red blends and single varietal bottlings, as well as a rose and riesling sourced from a number of Eastern WA appellations including Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley and Red Mountain. Total production of 12 wines this last year was around 4000 cases. They are also a member of SSAW and are located in the South Park neighborhood near Cadence Winery. As a member of SSAW visiting hours are second Saturdays from February through August. The winery also has a fall open house and holiday tasting. See the OS website for more details.

  • 5. Fall Line Winery
    http://www.falllinewinery.com/

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record Fall Line is another exceptional Washington small production winery making less than 1500 cases of wine from some of the best vineyards in Eastern WA. Tim Sorenson started as an assistant at Cadence which explains his excellence to some degree. He makes mostly Bordeaux-style blends with a couple single varietals and several single vineyard designates -- all receiving critical acclaim. They are a member of SSAW located in the Georgetown neighborhood. Fall line is open for tastings on designated days, during their yearly fall open house and by appointment. As a member of SSAW they share the same basic second Saturday visitation schedule from February through August. Check the winery's website for more information.