A Wine Tasting Itinerary in Spokane, Washington
Featured August 2020
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 on the outskirts of town, 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 four of the best on this wine tasting itinerary.
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Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
Arbor Crest is Spokane's most popular hangout spot, for so many reasons. The Cliff House on this historic property was built in the 1920s to take advantage of the amazing views of the Spokane River valley from the cliffside perch. Fast forward nearly 100 years and the property has been transformed into a park-like destination for wine experiences, concerts and festivals. Most important to WineryHunt members, Arbor Crest produces a huge variety of Washington wines that are available to taste during your visit. Many visitors like to bring a picnic and purchase a bottle to complement their lunch while soaking in the views. There is also food available for purchase on-site. There are often concerts and other special events at the estate, so plan ahead and check out their list of upcoming events to make the most of your visit.
Wines Produced: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling, White Blends
"One of the most beautiful places in Spokane!!!!! Summer concerts, great wine, spectacular views. This place has it all." -DH, Google Review
Latah Creek Wine Cellars
Established in 1982, this small family winery – a rarity anymore – produces a wide range of small-lot Washington wines.Included are a Sangria made with natural fruit juices, a Wahluke Slope Barbera, their well-awarded Merlot, a Horse Heaven Hills Zinfandel, a Wahluke Slope Tempranillo and a Horse Heaven Hills Reserve Cabernet.
The first Washington father-daughter wine team began in 2005 when Natalie Conway-Barnes began making wine with owner/founder father Mike Conway. Like many of the oldest wineries that don’t grow grapes, they have well-established and long term contracts with the best vineyards in the state. Today, Latah Creek’s production is around 15,000 cases annually.
The newly remodeled tasting room is based 10 minutes east of downtown Spokane (if following this itinerary closley, we suggest stopping here between Arbor Crest and the downtown Cork District wineries). If you visit during the week, there is a very good chance the winemakers will be there to answer questions you may have.
Wines Produced: Malbec, Barbera, Merlot, Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dessert Wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Riesling, White Blends
"One of the best wineries in the Spokane area. We started coming here several years ago and stop every time we are in the area. Their wines are delicious and reasonably priced." -MP, Google Review
Renegade by MonteScarlatto
MonteScarlatto Estate Winery and Vineyards was founded in 2007 in the heart of the Red Mountain AVA. The winery produces all Red Mountain-estate varietals including Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Building on the success of the core winery, Renegade by MonteScarlatto is a new wine and food experience in the heart of Spokane's downtown Cork District. Uniquely inspired by its owner Joel Mackay, Renegade betrays the norm of sports bars and tasting rooms and boldly crosses the divide to bring you what you genuinely desire: fine food, curated local beer, and their 100% Estate grown handcrafted Wines. Nowhere else in the Spokane area can you enjoy the highest quality of Wine while watching your favorite sporting event.
Wines Produced: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah
"Lots of great wines and yummy food too. We tried one of the flatbreads which totally hit the spot. I enjoyed all of the wines, as well. Definitely will stop again next time we're in town." -KR, Yelp Review
Terra Blanca Spokane
Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is a hugely popular winery on Washington's Red Mountain.They recently opened a second tasting room in downtown Spokane's Cork District. With chandeliers, a wall of wine and room to spread out, this inviting downtown tasting room offers guests a chance to taste through many of Terra Blanca's recent releases, including Albariño, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dessert Wines. The majority of the wines are sourced from their Red Mountain estate vineyard and generally are aged in barrel longer than the industry average (the winemaker shoots for a range of 18 to 32 months). The wines are designed to have the structure, tannins and depth to last for well over 20 years.
Wines Produced: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Roussanne, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Red Blends, Dessert Wine
"This was the best of the many tasting rooms I visited. The friendly and knowledgeable staff went above and beyond and made my wine tasting feel special for me. Their wines are so delicious!" -KB, Google Review
Resources for your Tasting Adventure to Spokane
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Club members enjoy waived wine tastings at these Spokane wineries during August 2020, as well as free tastings and discounts in 11 other Washington wine regionsView Club Details