A Wine Tasting Itinerary in Spokane, Washington
Featured July 2019
Spokane's wine scene is rapidly growing thanks to the downtown Cork District and countryside wineries.
When you think Washington wine, Spokane doesn't tend to come to mind first. That may soon change. The downtown Cork District, launched in 2014, now features over a dozen tasting rooms within walking distance of each other. Some are unique just to Spokane, while others are satellite tasting rooms from wineries in other prominent winegrowing regions. Within just a few miles of downtown are numerous countryside wineries with great views, sprawling estates, and awe-inspiring wines.
This wine tasting itinerary features some of the best Spokane tasting rooms to visit. They are a blend of wineries in the Cork District and in the countryside, showcasing all that the Spokane wine scene has to offer.
4.5 Hours from Seattle
Spokane is a 4.5 hour drive from Seattle, or a quick one hour plane ride
At last count there were fifteen wineries and tasting rooms in Spokane. We've chosen three of the best on this wine tasting itinerary.
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Featured Spokane Wineries
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Just 15 minutes southeast of downtown Spokane is Winescape, a family-owned winery on a historic farmstead. Owned by Patricia and Phillip Butterfield, both professors at Washington State University in Spokane, the couple spent their careers focused on public health and the environment. They opened their tasting room in November 2017, crafting wines from grapes sourced from from prestigious Washington vineyards like Kiona’s Heart of the Hill Vineyard and Sagemoor’s Dionysis and Bacchus Vineyards. The winery is quickly making a name for itself thanks to the quality of the wines and the cordial tasting atmosphere.
Wines Produced: Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
“Winescape is a beautiful setting on the South Hill in Spokane. Friendly and knowledgable owners Pat and Phil help made our visit so enjoyable! Can't wait for the summer - perfect place to sit outside and enjoy a wonderful glass of wine with friends!”
Helix Wines are produced by the same family who founded the acclaimed Reininger Winery in the Walla Walla Valley. While Reininger fouses just on wines grown in Walla Walla, Helix explores the vast Columbia Valley region and produces wines stylistically different from Reininger. Made by utilizing fruit from the Columbia Valley’s most noteworthy vineyards, Helix Wines has grown to produce eight different single varietals and four blends. The Spokane tasting room is located in the downtown Cork District and opened in 2017.
Wines Produced: Chardonnay, Viognier, Sangiovese, Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
“Helix is an amazing little winery with great wines and a staff that is welcoming, knowledgeable and just fun to talk to.” JH, Google Review
Robert Karl Cellars
Owned by Joseph and Rebecca Gunselman, Robert Karl Cellars is a boutique winery producing premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Claret, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, and a dry Cabernet Franc Rosé. Although Joe Gunselman is a physician by day, his passion is his winemaking. Joe makes every effort to not overpower his wines and preserve the varietal flavors in his wine. When young, the classical flavors beam through. As the wine matures in the cellar, the flavors of cedar, tobacco, and leather will develop. The grapes are from Horse Heaven Hills, an American Viticultural Area (AVA) of the Columbia Valley in Washington State. The quaint downtown winery and tasting room in Spokane's historic Warehouse District was converted from an old fire station.
Wines Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Claret, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Franc Rosé
"Favorite wine maker and wines! Locally owned and very awesome people. Very knowledgeable and educational with wine! I've learned so much and appreciate their wines so much more!" -PU, Google Review
Resources for your Tasting Adventure to Spokane
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Club members enjoy waived wine tastings at these Spokane wineries during July 2019, as well as free tastings and discounts in 11 other Washington wine regionsView Club Details