If you are looking for a wine tasting adventure, look no further than the Yakima Valley as wine tasting is one of the top things to do in the area. The Yakima Valley is responsible for 40 percent of the state’s wine production and is Washington’s third largest officially designated American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Yakima Valley AVA has three wine regions, each with their own distinctive growing conditions. With so many award-winning wineries in Yakima County, you are sure to find a wine, or two (or more…there’s a lot to choose from here), that tickles your palette.
Wineries in Yakima
Named after the husband and wife team Antonio and Linda Haralson, AntoLin Cellars has their own estate vineyard where their Chardonnay, Carmenere and Malbec all come from, as well as other select vineyards whose grapes go into their other offerings. Their tasting room can fit up to 100 guests, making it a great place for an event – whether for business or pleasure.
14 North Front Street, Yakima
Five generations of the Gilbert family have been growing fruit in Yakima Valley – there is even a nearby peak named after a relative, Curtiss R. Gilbert. The family’s Gilbert Cellars is open for tours and events by appointment only, but you can drop in to their tasting room anytime during business hours to try their wine. You’ll find a nice variety of both whites and reds. They also host events throughout the year at both locations.
Tasting Room: 5 N Front Street, Yakima
Winery: 2620 Draper Rd Yakima
The Kana Winery has five vineyard locations that grow grapes used to make their delicious vino. You can taste the wines at their tasting room in Yakima, where you can sample their latest releases in a bistro-style setting. On the weekends, you’ll find live music. Monday through Thursday, they have happy hour, and other events take place throughout the year.
10 S 2nd Street, Yakima
Mill Lane Winery
A family-run winery, Mill Lane specializes in unique flavors created by locally sourced fruits and other product. The winery has a full line of red and whites as well as special fruit wines, all totally about 35 different wines that you can mix and match to make your own flight. Tastings are available by appointment. Visit their website to book.
12302 Marble Road, Yakima
Naches Heights Vineyard
This winery is committed to environmentally safe practices, including being one of the first vineyards in the state to attain LIVE and Salmon Safe certifications. Naches Heights Vineyard grows their grapes sustainably and organically. Wine tasting and tours are by appointment only, so call 509-945-4062 to set up a time prior to driving over. They do events throughout the year as well.
1857 Weikel Road, Yakima
If you are looking for a mini-vacation getaway or a day out in the country, Wilridge Vineyard would be a good choice. The tasting room is situated inside a 100-year-old farmhouse next to the beautiful vineyard. Before or after tasting, you can pick up a map and explore the grounds yourself, which includes scenic trails to the cliffs and hikes to the winery and distillery. Bikes are allowed on the trails as well. The Vineyard has an AirBNB for those looking to make a weekend out of their stay.
250 Ehler Road, Yakima
Wineries in Zillah
Bonair Winery is one of a handful of Washington wineries where the tasting room is on the vineyard. You actually walk through the vines to get to it. You can schedule a winery tour or a vineyard tour (appointments required) or just stop in daily for a sampling of their latest wines, both reds and whites. They have been growing grapes in Yakima Valley since 1985 and can share with you why it’s the perfect place to make fine wine.
500 South Bonair Road, Zillah
Covet Cellars is a newer winery, opening in August of 2017. However, they have quickly gained attention, and therefore should definitely be on your list to visit. Expect several red blends as well as a few other unique wines like semillon made from grapes grown right on the property. They have a tasting room and hold events through out the year.
2911 Roza Dr, Zillah
Branching out from their families’ orchard growing roots, Tad and Sarah Fewel released their first vintage at Cultura Wine in 2005. Doing all the work themselves, they have kept it small, at around 1,000 cases a year, since then. For something unique, stay in one of their vintage travel trailers for a glamping experience in wine country you won’t forget. For reservations email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3601 Highliand Drive, Zillah
Experience the famous Irish hospitality at the Dineen Vineyards! While the family has a long history of dairy farming in Wisconsin, the latest generation is making a name for itself with winemaking. They specialize in estate vintage wines. Be sure to check out the incredible 1950, half-ton Chevrolet parked outside – it’s a replica of Pat Dineen’s father’s first truck, and is an emblem for the vineyard. Check their Facebook page of events, including when they are offering up wood fired pizza at the vineyard, which happens throughout the spring to early fall.
2980 Gilbert Road, Zillah
Since 1983, Hyatt Vineyards has grown to an 180-acre establishment, on four sites with distinct soils, elevation, and exposure that allows them to create a wide variety of wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling, Black Muscat, and Zinfandel. The gorgeous tasting room and winery has a picnic area with view of Mount Adams and can be rented for private parties, including weddings.
2020 Gilbert Road, Zillah
Knight Hill Winery
Knight Hill Winery is a small operation, run by two people who love wine. You will find reds and whites that are crafted from local grapes, including their own estate-grown Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Their tasting room has a 360-degree view of the gorgeous landscape. A converted horse barn, the tasting room puts you right in the center of the winemaking, where the aroma will fill your senses. They also host events throughout the year.
5330 Lombard Loop Road, Zillah
Mas Chappell Winery
Mas Chappell Winery has over 35 years of winemaking experience, with many awards to its name. The winery specializes in creating native yeast fermented red wines. You can drop in during tasting room hours, or make an appointment.
70 Clark Road, Zillah
Maison de Padgett Winery and Horizon’s Edge Winery
David and Lisa Padgett first purchased Horizon’s Edge Winery in 1999 and then opened Maison de Padgett Winery in 2003. If you are looking for a romantic atmosphere, this is it. The tasting room has incredible views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and the enclosed patio surrounded by gardens is heavenly. The charming buildings with stonework and high ceilings look like something out of a fairy tale film and are perfect for sipping on a favorite red or white. Whether you like dry or dessert wines, or something in between, you’ll find it here. Large group tours can be accommodated if arranged ahead of time. They also accommodate events including weddings.
2231 Roza Drive, Zillah
Paradisos del Sol Winery & Organic Vineyard
Paradisos del Sol Winery has an organic vineyard that is 100 percent pesticide free. Come visit the whole farm, which includes sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, cats and dogs, and enjoy a taste of their organic wines while you’re there. The tasting room is part of the family’s home, and has a comfortable vibe. Small plates are available and the views are fantastic. They also have room outside for picnicking and letting the kids and dogs play – as long as your dogs are well-behaved and don’t mind loose farm animals! The tasting room has a kid-friendly play area with toys, and they offer fruit drinks and water for younger visitors.
3230 Highland Drive, Zillah
Portteus Vineyards has been making wine in Yakima Valley since the 1980s. The owner grew up around wine and beer making, and even home-brewed his own beer on his houseboat when he was just 19-years-old. Visitors will find it a welcoming and laid-back winery to visit. They have a wide range of red and white wines.
5201 Highland Drive, Zillah
Ruby Magdalena Vineyards
A boutique winery run by a husband and wife winemaking team, Ruby Magdelana Vineyards makes all of their wines from their own estate grapes, including a small amount of Orange Muscat for their Petirroja dessert wine. They focus on Spanish grapes on their one-acre vineyard that is home to more than 1,350 vines. Due to their small size, they produce limited quantities of their award-winning wines. They do not have a tasting room, but you can call to make an appointment.
855 Gilbert Road, Zillah
Severino Cellars creates small batches of wine from the grapes on their own estate. Their cozy tasting room and cellars are a restored turn of the century farm house, a perfect place to stop and relax. They also have an outdoor patio for nice days where you have lovely views of the farm.
1717 First Avenue, Zillah
Silver Lake Winery at Roza Hills Vineyard
Silver Lake Winery is one of Washington State’s largest locally owned wineries, with over 1,200 owners working together to create more than 50,000 cases of hand-crafted wine annually. While they have several vineyards, their primary one is Roza Hills Vineyard in Zillah, which is the largest vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. They have a gorgeous tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating and more for special events, including weddings. For upcoming events, check their calendar or Facebook page.
1500 Vintage Road, Zillah
Cut into the hillside, the tasting room at Tanjuli Winery is reminiscent of an old farm building, with a touch of industrial flair. Gorgeous bright artwork covers the walls. Horses are often seen at the vineyard, adding to the charm. This winery specializes in “Old World” and unique estate wines. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.
209 N Bonair Road, Zillah
Two Mountain Winery
Named after Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, both of which can be seen from the Copeland Vineyard where the family grows their grapes, Two Mountain Winery grows, produces and bottles all its wine on their estate. They create reds, white and a rose or two.
2151 Cheyne Road, Zillah
The owners of VanArnam Vineyards purposefully keep things small, so they can stay hands on with every step of the process. Drop in during tasting room hours, or call to make an appointment outside those times. Bring a picnic and make use of the beautiful patio or sit inside. On weekends, the Tin Roof Grill is open, cooking up fresh-off-the grill items with locally sourced ingredients.
1305 Gilbert Road Zillah
Velen Winery has been operating since 2015, when owners Rebecca and John moved their winemaking from Texas to Zillah. Glowing light and warm wood give the tasting room an inviting feel. They have both reds and whites available.
1381 Orchardvale Rd, Zillah
Wineries in Wapato
If you are looking for a place to host an event in Yakima Valley wine country, then check out Freehand Cellars, established 2018 and opened in June 2019. They have ample lodging and space to accommodate all kinds of events, from birthday parties to weddings. Of course, you can also enjoy several varietals of wine, from oaked chardonnay to syrah and cabernet franc.
420 Windy Point Drive, Wapato
Come meet Bailey the winery Pug (featured in books!) and drink in the gorgeous scenery of the Masset Winery, including a tasting room set inside a 1905 barn. Surrounded by fruit orchards, the air is full of sweet scents on a summer day. Enjoy a picnic, taste some wine and talk to the owners about what makes their wines so special. They blend their wines to “fill in the blank spots” as they say, creating full flavor in every sip. They also hold events, so check out the event calendar on their website for upcoming dates.
620 East Parker Heights Road, Wapato
Owen Roe Winery has several vineyards in Yakima Valley as well as the Willamette Valley in Oregon that grow grapes for their Northwest wines. Drop-ins welcome at the Washington tasting room for groups of less than eight people. Larger groups should make reservations. They have special barrel tasting room appointments that can also be schedule via the Owen Roe website. These special events give guests a look into the history of the winery, the winemaking process and what makes Owen Roe wine unique.
309 Gangle Road, Wapato
If you love sparkling wines, head to Treveri Cellars. They focus solely on creating unique sparkling wines. Their wine has even been served at White House State Department receptions. Family-owned, they produce a wide selection of sparkling wines from Yakima Valley, including non-traditional Riesling and Mueller-Thurgau. They have a beautiful tasting room, complete with an outdoor patio for nice days. You can drop in during tasting hours or schedule a premium tour and tasting through the Treveri Cellars website.
71 Gangle Road, Wapato
Wineries in Selah
Rider Cellars is a boutique vineyard that is family owned and operated. Tastings and vineyard visits are by appointment only, but it’s definitely worth a reservation. You will get to meet the owners and ask them about their vineyard and wine making process. The Rider Cellars tasting room also has a gift shop full of hand-crafted items, perfect for picking up a gift for someone special, or just to treat yourself. They also hold public events, check their Facebook page for upcoming dates.
3 N 1st Street, Selah