Did you know Washington State is the second largest producer of wine in the United States?
It all got started in the 1970’s when Washington State University and area growers worked together to learn techniques for growing grapes in Eastern Washington. They developed vines that would withstand freezing temperatures during bad winters.
Washington Vineyards are in the same latitude as the great wine producing regions of France and Italy. The early grapes grown in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys produced Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, while Walla Walla adds Syrah to their production.
Washington State now supports more that 14 wine growing regions. These winemakers have tasting rooms where you can sample the region’s unique wines. During a Seattle visit you can check out Chateau Ste. Michelle tasting rooms in Woodinville.
Several of the most popular vineyard tours are in Walla Walla, Tri-cities and the Yakima Valley. I suggest using www.washingtonwinetours.com as your tour planner.
Extend the tour by booking a bed and breakfast or motel in the region to give you more time to visit tasting rooms. I think it’s fun to pick up local produce, bread and cheese and enjoy a picnic on winery grounds. Washington Wines can add fun to your tour.
To see more details of Washington regions check out my DVD: Washington State: A Scenic Tour