A Wine Tasting Itinerary in Wenatchee, Washington
Featured November 2019
With 11 million acres growing 99% of Washington's wine grapes, Wenatchee produces acclaimed, high-quality Washington wines.
Despite the huge number of acres planted to grapes around Wenatchee, the number of tasting rooms around Wenatchee city limits and nearby towns Malaga and Rock Island is kept to a humble dozen. However, what the region lacks in quantity of wineries, it makes up for in the quality of tasting rooms and wines.
Most wineries here are family-owned and offer commanding views of the upper Columbia River and steep hills planted to vine. We've selected three of the top Wenatchee wineries for members to visit in November 2019 to discover the best the region has to offer.
2 Hours, 30 Minutes From Seattle
Wenatchee is just 2.5 hours from Seattle, best accessed over Snoqualmie Pass and Blewett Pass.
99% of Grapes Grown in Washington
Wenatchee is Washington's largest viticultural region, growing 99% of the grapes grown in the state!
Stay in Wenatchee
There is no shortage of AirBNBs, VRBOs and hotels around Walla Walla.
Featured Wenatchee Wineries
WineryHunt Washington club members enjoy waived wine tastings at the following Wenatchee Wineries in November 2019!
Located in East Wenatchee, Martin-Scott Winery features small quantities of handcrafted wines made from the fruit grown in their home vineyard. Winemaker Mike Scott has deep roots in the Wenatchee Valley and crafts the wines at the winery just steps from the tasting room.
The vineyard and winery is located high on a bluff, south-facing and above the Columbia River. You can taste most of their impressive 17 wine varietals while enjoying spectacular views from one of three different patios. Enjoy looking across the Columbia River to Mission Ridge ski area, local orchards, and Malaga Springs Winery.
Wines Produced: Gewürztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, White Blends, Rosé, Sparkling Wine, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends, Counoise, Tempranillo, Malbec, Merlot, Montepulciano, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel.
"Would give 6 stars if I could. Wonderfully crafted wine and awesome people. Mike and Judi the winemakers make you feel at home and it has one of the best views in the valley!" -CF, Google Review
Malaga Springs Winery
Owned and operated by Al and Kathy Mathews, a building contractor and interior designer, Malaga Springs Winery was built, planted, and extensively landscaped from scratch. Their wines are made in small batches and matured in oak barrels, not tanks.Malaga Springs emphasize quality and beauty in their award-winning wines and the atmosphere of their tasting room, set in the majestic views of the valley.
The area got its name from grapes planted in the late 1800’s as the railroad to Seattle was constructed. After a long search, Al and Kathy found original grape plants, took cuttings, and are now attempting a small vineyard to produce what would have been the local wine many years ago.
Wines Produced: Blanc de Noir, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel,Red Blends
"This place is amazing and the owners are wonderful people. They have a gorgeous tasting room with fantastic wines. My favorite winery!!" -CC, Google Review
Producing a limited run of about 600 cases a year allows Crayelle Cellars to get to know most of their customers by name. For owners Craig and Danielle Mitrakul, this is the beauty of wine: the conversations it sparks, the meals it enhances, and the people it brings together.
At Crayelle that wine starts with grapes from the Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley AVA. After a small lifetime of exploring and making wine in various grape growing regions around the globe, Craig and Danielle settled in Washington precisely because the growing conditions are perfect for producing grapes that fit their style (fruity, refreshing whites and elegant blended reds). Crayelle is the creative expression of the wine Craig and Danielle love to drink; a subtle, European-style wine that finishes as elegantly as it starts, and ages extremely well. Wine with balance, character, and longevity.
Wines Produced: Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Tempranillo,Red Blends
"Amazing! The name of the winery is actually a mixture of the owners (super cute) names. Their wines are great, made in small batches. An awesome local winery!" -SK, Yelp Review