Washington Wine Country for the Insider
Exploring four scenic havens for wine, food and outdoor activities in the unspoiled Pacific Northwest.
By Paul Gregutt
Published on Apr 26, 2012
The ongoing expansion of wineries, tasting rooms and related amenities throughout Washington State has dramatically upgraded the state’s appeal for adventurous wine tourists. Washington’s 700-plus wineries offer the diversity of California within a more constrained geographic region. From the hub of Seattle, none of the four touring regions profiled here is more than a four-hour drive. The two largest regions (in terms of wineries)—Woodinville and Walla Walla—neatly bookend the state. In both locations you will find scores of small, family-owned wineries, as well as a handful of larger facilities, along with excellent dining and lodging options.