A Wine Tasting Itinerary on Bainbridge Island
Featured May 2019
Accessible by bridge and boat, Bainbridge Island is a picturesque destination for lovers of art, culture, nature, and, of course, wine!
Only a 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle, Bainbridge Island makes for a great weekend getaway or just an afternoon visit away from the big city. Home to seven wineries, the three featured here offer tastings both at their inner-island wineries and at the downtown tasting rooms, just a short walk from the ferry launch.
For the best experience, we recommend taking the time to tour the winery properties further inland. You'll get a glimpse of the winemaking process and avoid the crowds that can congregate near the busy Winslow Way / ferry terminal.
35 Minute Ferry from Seattle
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Alternatively accessible via Hwy 16 / Hwy 3 on the west side of the Puget Sound
There are seven wineries on Bainbridge Island. We've highlighted three of the best on this wine tasting itinerary.
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Featured Bainbridge Island Wineries
WineryHunt Washington Club Members enjoy waived wine tastings and 10% discounts at the following Bainbridge Island wineries in May 2019
Eagle Harbor Wine Co.
Established in 2005 by by Cynthia and Hugh Remash, Eagle Harbor Wine Company is a standout among Bainbridge Island’s celebrated wineries. What began as a hands-on, artisan endeavor influenced by old world wine styles, Eagle Harbor Wine Co. has grown since in size, complexity, and variety.
Visit this contemporary winery for a tour of their production, and see how the wine gets from Washington vineyards to your glass. Or, stop in at Eagle Harbor's Winslow Way tasting room location downtown, and sample their hand-crafted, award-winning red and white wines.
Wines Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Red Blends, White Blends, Viognier
"We had an absolutely fantastic time at Eagle Harbor! Both the winemaker and the guide, Chip, were so informative about the winemaking process and the selection. We learned so much, had some of our favorite wine we've ever had on Bainbridge, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great wine and conversation." -AT, Google Review
Fletcher Bay Winery
Started in 2008 in their winemaker's three-car garage on Bainbridge Is;and's Fletcher Bay, this winery produces small batch, award-winning wines and specializes in full-bodied, bold reds. Fletcher Bay's two tasting rooms are modern with a coastal vibe. The winery itself is located near the center of the island in a business complex, next to the only brewery on the island, and across from the island's distillery and coffee roaster. Their second tasting room is off Winslow Way just a short walk off the ferry.
One of the few wineries in the state with white and red wine on tap and offering growler fills, Fletcher Bay is the closest tasting room to the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry and hosts live music every Wednesday night with happy hour prices and a food truck.
Wines Produced: Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Red Blends, Dessert Wine, Rosé, White Blends, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Semillon, Fruit Wines
"Very nice atmosphere and a lot of fun. Knowledgeable staff and great wines!" JB, Google Review
"Such a great evening tasting amazing wine. Awesome atmosphere, super friendly and knowledgeable staff." KK, Google Review
Bicycle racer turned winemaker Matt Albee started Eleven Winery on Bainbridge Island in 2003. Matt focuses on making wine from somewhat offbeat varieties including Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and Roussanne. Eleven has two locations to visit: The inner-island winery and the downtown tasting room. The rustic winery is located five miles up the road from the ferry, open on weekends with live music on Saturdays. The downtown Bainbridge tasting room on Winslow Way is located right in the heart of the shopping district and open daily. Both are popular tasting rooms on Bainbridge Island and have been voted Best of Bainbridge five years in a row.
Wines Produced: Pinot Grigio, Viognier, White Mourvedre, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Red Blends, White Blends, Dessert Wines
"Fun atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable staff. Right in the heart of town, perfect for walking up from the ferry." -AK, Google Review
"Excellent variety and quality. Passionate winemaking" RW, Google Review
Resources for your trip to Bainbridge Island
Join the 2019 WineryHunt Washington Club
Club members enjoy waived wine tastings at these Bainbridge Island wineries during May 2019, as well as free tastings and discounts in 11 other Washington wine regionsView Club Details & Join