The Top 4 Vinyeards in Central Washington
Explore Washington Wine Country this summer with a wine tasting getaway in Central Washington! Sip local wines, indulge in all the charcuterie you can eat and enjoy the scenic views that surround you. Varietals grown or produced in the Kittitas Valley include Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Muscat Ottonel, and Sauvignon Blanc. Be sure to stop by several of the local wineries and tasting rooms during your visit as they all offer unique flavors and experiences! Learn more about wine in Central Washington at here.
THRALL & DODGE WINERY KITTITAS, WA
Thrall & Dodge is the oldest commercial operating winery in the Kittitas Valley. They produce premium red and white wines grown, produced, cellared, and served all from the Columbia Valley. Perched on Manastash Ridge, Thrall & Dodge offers beautiful scenery of the Valley and the Stuart Mountain Range making it the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of fine wine. Thrall & Dodge also has a tasting room located on Main Street in Kittitas. There you can enjoy wine tastings, wine by the glass, and food options in the historic Carrico Building.
ELLENSBURG CANYON WINERY, ELLENSBURG, WA
Ellensburg Canyon Winery utilizes estate grown grapes from Cox Canyon Vineyards, the first and oldest commercial vineyard in Kittitas County. They produce red, white, and port style wines. Visitors can’t help but grab a few bottles to take home, saying it’s some of the best they’ve had! Kick back and relax with their wines while enjoying a view of the most beautiful setting in Central Washington.
SWIFTWATER CELLARS, CLE ELUM, WA
Located within the renowned Suncadia Resort, Swiftwater Cellars is the ultimate wine tasting destination. Get a glimpse of the winemaking process with a tour of the facilities and then relax in the wine bar. Sip premium wines made by internationally acclaimed winemakers, dine upon sophisticated local cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, and unwind while enjoying the breathtaking mountain outlooks from the property. Try a tasting flight encompassing five hand-selected wines or purchase wine by the bottle or glass. Visitors will enjoy the nearby Suncadia Resort amenities including golf, spa and hiking. The winery also features a beautiful 360-degree bar with plush seating and a two-story stone fireplace to enjoy as well.
GARD VINTNERS TASTING ROOM, ELLENSBURG, WA
Family-owned and operated, Gård Vintners has been crafting its world-class wines from its vineyard on the Royal Slope of Washington’s Columbia Valley for more than 45 years. Their award-winning wines come from their 100% sustainably farmed estate vineyard and are a favorite among locals and visitors. Be sure to visit their tasting room in Historic Downtown Ellensburg to try a glass of their exceptional wine and learn more about wine and the winemaking process.