A Wine Tasting Itinerary at Washington's Red Mountain AVA
Featured June 2019
Just a few miles east of Prosser in the Yakima Valley are the rich vineyards of Red Mountain, the smallest, warmest wine-grape growing region in Washington.
With a unique combination of soil, slope, consistent winds and warm weather, Red Mountain red wine grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah have earned critical acclaim over the last two decades. The exceptional balance of fruit, acidity, and tannins in the wines grown here have put Red Mountain on the map both as a serious winegrowing region and a must-visit Washington wine tasting destination. Over a dozen wineries now are located within the Red Mountain AVA, with more on the way. Stay in Tri-Cities, Yakima, or Prosser, and don't miss this stop on your next wine tour!
3 Hours from Seattle, 3.5 from Portland
Red Mountain is around three hours southeast of Seattle, 3.5 hours northeast of Portland
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There are over a dozen wineries and tasting rooms located in the Red Mountain AVA. We've highlighted three of the best on this tasting itinerary.
There is no shortage of AirBNBs, VRBOs and hotels around the Red Mountain AVA.
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Featured Red Mountain Wineries
WineryHunt Washington Club Members enjoy waived wine tastings and 10% discounts at the following Red Mountain wineries in June 2019
Tim and Kelly Hightower founded Hightower Cellars in 1997 in Woodinville, Washington with a simple philosophy, "Get the best grapes and don't screw them up." Inspired by the raw beauty and exceptional terroir that defines Red Mountain, Tim and Kelly purchased 15 acres at the top of the mountain in 2002 and began lovingly restoring the barn into a winemaking facility. They finished planting their Estate Vineyard in 2005, and expanded and remodeled the winery to include a tasting room with breathtaking views in 2008.
Today Tim and Kelly aim to make wine that lets the powerful, concentrated fruit from Red Mountain speak for itself, producing naturally beautiful wine with great character, free from pretense. The result is a collection of well-balanced, nuanced wines that reveal something new and interesting each time you open a bottle.
Wines Produced: Merlot, Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Rosé
Hedges Family Estate
Led by a passion for authenticity and a deep connection to the land they call home, the Hedges Family epitomizes the modern wine estate. A blend of rich cultural upbringings and a shared love for creating beautiful wine converge at the heart of Red Mountain, fostering a true homegrown approach to farming and viticulture.Tending to the riches of Red Mountain with a visionary blend of biodynamic farming and time-honored winemaking techniques, Hedges Family Estate lends an ear to the earth and a voice to the vines.
The French-inspired winery and tasting room is the ideal environment to taste some of the best that Red Mountain has to offer! WineryHunt Club Members are also invited to a complimentary tour of the property and winery during your visit.
Wines Produced: Syrah, Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, White Blends
Col Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers and leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. From its inaugural 1995 vintage, Col Solare's mission has been to unite these two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine from the very best Washington fruit.
With the opening of a new winery and planting of the estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2007, Col Solare's vision has evolved to focus on showcasing the Cabernet Sauvignon of this unique AVA. Situated high upon the slope of Red Mountain, they offer regular tasting room hours with stunning views of the valley in their state-of-the-art winery.
Wines Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends
“Col Solare is a beautiful winery with friendly, knowledgeable staff. I felt like I was back in Tuscany for a few hours. It was definitely the best wine we’ve enjoyed in Red Mountain.”
Col SolareNick B. | Google Review
“Hightower Cellars is in a really cool building with an amazing view through a floor-to-ceiling panoramic window. Their wines were all pretty darn good, and the service was wonderful - very friendly and personal. ”
HightowerEmily A | Yelp Review
“Hedges Family Estate is the most beautiful winery I've ever visited. Extraordinarily pleasant people and wonderful wine. Highly recommend.”
Hedges Family EstateSteven C | Google Review
Resources for your Tasting Adventure to Red Mountain
Join the 2019 WineryHunt Washington Club
Club members enjoy waived wine tastings at these Red Mountain wineries during June 2019, as well as free tastings and discounts in 11 other Washington wine regions throughout the yearView Club Details & Join