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Bookwalter Winery

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894 Tulip Ln, Richland, WA 99352-8588
+1 509-627-5000
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Wine tasting.

Just happened upon this winery (and its neighbors). I only had time to visit one of the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Custer, Washington
via mobile
Perfect place for friends and family

This is one of our "must stop" places in Richland. We were introduced to this wonderful winery by... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
Perry E
Bellingham, Washington
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Tastings available from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The story of J. Bookwalter Winery is a story of family heritage, deep roots and a centuries-old commitment to the land. Ten generations of the Bookwalter family have been involved in American agriculture. But it was Jerry Bookwalter, generation nine and father of current company president John Bookwalter, who led the family into viticulture. After graduating from UC-Davis in 1963, Jerry spent 13 years farming in California’s San Joaquin Valley before moving his family in 1976 to the Tri-Cities in Washington State. Once there, he firmly stamped the Bookwalter name on the state’s nascent wine industry. From 1976 through 1982, Jerry helped manage the plantings of three iconic vineyards – Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus. He eventually became vineyard manager of the famed Conner Lee Vineyard which remains the largest source of grapes for J. Bookwalter wines. And in 1982, he leveraged his vineyard connections and industry knowledge to start J. Bookwalter Winery. Jerry’s son John quite literally grew up in the vineyards of Eastern Washington, but left in the late 1980s to pursue a successful 10-year sales and marketing career with E&J Gallo, Winterbrook Beverage Group and Coors Brewing Co. In 1997, he returned to Richland with a keen understanding of the winery’s heritage and a clear vision for its future. Since then, John has made sweeping changes to improve and expand the J. Bookwalter brand. He hired world-renowned consulting winemakers Zelma Long and Claude Gros to support the company’s winemaking efforts and introduced a sleek new brand identity and award-winning packaging. In 2014, John turned over most of the winemaking responsibilities to Caleb Foster, who is recognized as one of the top winemakers in the United States by multiple industry experts and publications. The winery’s flagship tasting room in Richland, named one of the best tasting rooms in the United States by Sunset magazine, now includes a renowned, full-service restaurant, Fiction. J. Bookwalter also operates an attractive, modern tasting studio in Woodinville. Today, J. Bookwalter has grown from one of Washington’s oldest wineries into one of Pacific Northwest’s most recognized boutique wine brands, relying on exceptional vineyard sources and meticulous winemaking to produce some of the world’s finest wines.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (5 reviews)
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894 Tulip Ln, Richland, WA 99352-8588
+1 509-627-5000
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just happened upon this winery (and its neighbors). I only had time to visit one of the three...glad I chose Bookwalter. I sat at the bar and tasted several wines. Yum! The servers were friendly and informative. I was so impressed I left with a...More

Thank CarolynD53
Reviewed August 9, 2017

This is one of our "must stop" places in Richland. We were introduced to this wonderful winery by friends who live nearby. The wine is great (pricey, but worth it!) and the various outdoor seating areas can accommodate large groups or smaller intimate gatherings. We...More

Thank Perry E
Management response:Responded August 15, 2017

We are glad to hear you enjoy our outdoor area and wine. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

Whoever is putting out the dishes knows what they are doing. We had bacon wrapped dates and the avocado fries for appetizers and burgers with salad and pizza for dinner. All were quite good and recommended. Having said all that I must admit the wines...More

Thank Gabe E
Management response:Responded August 15, 2017

Our Chefs appreciate your great review. Thank you!

Reviewed August 6, 2017

We loved going there all last summer despite the times of bad service and okay food. We love sitting on your patio and not feel rushed to get there for happy hour on Sunday. Well, here I sit, almost 4:30, gotta shower, wash hair, and...More

Thank TheSavvyTrvlr
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here for our anniversary. It was a holiday weekend, beautiful weather and the place was dead. I had steak tacos which were super fatty and not worth the price and my husband had a sandwich which was average. Service...More

Thank Jennifer R
Management response:Responded July 12, 2017

Thank you Jennifer for letting us know about your experience here at Bookwalter on your anniversary. It is unfortunate that your lunch and service did not meet your expectations. We pride ourselves on being more than average and we will review with our staff on...More

Reviewed March 12, 2017

Took my wife there for our 37th Wedding Anniversary. We had never had dinner there, but have been there a few times for lunch. We ordered drinks before dinner , but to our dismay we received our dinner before we even got our drinks. The...More

3  Thank David H
Reviewed September 11, 2016

This was intended to be a special dinner occasion, and Bookwalter came through to ensure that it was. The patio was classy and festive. Loved the music they played while we dined. My steelhead salad was beautifully presented and tasted just as fantastic as it...More

Thank Ditt56
Reviewed August 19, 2016

Such a great place to enjoy happy hour that might extend into the evening. Appetizers and drinks are a great value from 4 to 6. Daily pizza and soup specials.....but I generally get the cheese plate ! Dinners and lunches are excellent.

Thank vera v
Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

I am.a pain in the neck when it comes to r3views. This is by far the best steak and halibut I've ever had. The wine is great and the service is second to none. I rarely give a 5 but this place rocks. Nikki rocks

Thank John G
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Catch up with friends or just enjoy the atmosphere and wine. Bookwalter is lovely. Just went with friends and had to sit inside (crowded) but also went last fall for my birthday and it was perfect. Lots of great local artists perform there. We haven't...More

Thank Ginger W
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