Washington Wineries are among the best in the world. With 157 vineyards and wineries, Washington State is known for high-quality wine grapes that produce exceptional wines. In fact, Washington has more award-winning wineries than any other state – over 200 of them with several dozen being named as "Best Wine in America" from Wine Spectator Magazine each year!
The Tri-Cities Wine Trail includes three wineries in the Tri-Cities area, along with the Columbia Valley Wine Growers Association – which is composed of wineries from all around the area. They encourage travelers to explore and discover new favorites as well as enjoy a glass at any or all of their two dozen member wineries.
Five Wineries Listed From The Tri-Cities Wine Trail Guidebook
The Tri-Cities Wine Trail guidebook is part of the Pacific Northwest Guidebook series that highlights all that Washington has to offer. The Tri-Cities Wine Trail guidebook features wineries, accommodations, and restaurants all within a 45-minute drive of Richland.
Black Rock Vineyards
Black Rock Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located along the western edge of Washington's renowned Walla Walla Valley AVA. Their commitment to farm-to-glass wines originates from their belief that wine should be made from one’s own vineyards. The tasting room isn't spectacular or overly beautiful, visitors will have a nice variety of wines to try and they are all very good for the price. The staff does an excellent job explaining each wine so that anyone can get a firm grasp of what they are drinking.
- Location: Richland, WA
- Prices: $18-$75
- Hours: Friday-Monday 11:00 am-5:00 pm (open for groups by appointment only); Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Type: Medium-Sized Wine Tourist Destination
- Price Tip: The wines that cost $18 are not worth the price, but the higher-priced reds and reserve bottles are worth it.
Tieton Cider Works
Tieton Cider Works is a family-owned cider house located in the heart of Central Washington. A local pioneer of artisanal cider making, Tieton is dedicated to crafting the highest quality ciders and perry. From the apples in their orchards to the cidery floor, Tieton embraces a hands-on approach to craft cider. It allows visitors to taste wines in their tasting room overlooking the fields of apple trees. Their ciders are fruity, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. They do not offer tours, but visitors are welcome to taste wine in their tasting room by appointment only.
- Location: Yakima Valley, WA
- Price: $8-$10
- Hours: Open 11 am - 5 pm Monday-Friday; 10am-7pm Saturday/Sunday.
- Type: Winery & Cider House
Kamiak Vineyards is a small winery that also serves as a vineyard, with the emphasis on tasting wines from their own vineyards. The area is between the larger, more established areas of Washington State wine production in Walla Walla and Yakima. The tasting room is very nicely done and has a bunch of different seating areas such as couches and chairs, or visitors can sit outside on the patio. Visitors have access to all their wines for tasting at one central station, instead of having to walk around to each different wine like most other wineries. They also have an upstairs area that is set up well for special events so it would be a great place to hold a party or event. People can buy their wines at local stores, but they are more expensive compared to the tasting room prices.
- Prices: $12-$75+ (retail prices)
- Hours: Thursday-Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm and closed on Tuesdays
- Location: Kennewick, WA
- Type: Large, Regional Destination Winery
Type: Small, Local Wine Tourist Destination
Columbia Winery is a small family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of Washington's scenic Columbia Valley. Presently it is considered to be one of the most prominent wineries in Washington State. A small winery and another wine enthusiast favorite because of the staff's friendly and knowledgeable manner. They produce a large variety of wines in a wide range of styles including Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon for red wine lovers, Chardonnay and Riesling for white wine lovers, Rosé for those who enjoy slightly sweeter wines, and a large selection of interesting dessert wines. They also have a wine club available by invitation only.
- Location: Richland, WA
- Price: $8-$25
- Hours: 11 am - 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6pm Sunday and are closed during the winter months.
Goose Ridge Wines
In recent years, Goose Ridge itself has emerged as one of Washington State's more important players in terms of producing premium wines. The winery's main focus is Cabernet Sauvignon, and some of those wines have won critical acclaim. This winery does use traditional European-style techniques, including the use of wooden fermenting vats and oak barrels for aging. They will be open during the summer months with outdoor seating. They do not offer tours, but visitors are welcome to taste wine in the tasting room by appointment only.
- Price: $10-$30
- Type: Small, Local Wine Tourist Destination
- Place: Walla Walla, WA
- Hours: 11 am - 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday and noon-6pm Sunday.
Things To Bring During The Tri-Cities Wine Trail
Wineries range from being more formal in their arrangements to the most laid back. Regardless of how formal or informal they are, there are a few things that every vineyard should have. The list below is a handy checklist on what visitors must bring during their wine tour:
These include long pants and closed-toed shoes. Some places let visitors borrow a pair of clogs if they forgot theirs on the trip, so be sure to ask.
Wine tasting is an activity that requires one to have enough fluid intake. Bring a water bottle and don't forget to refill it as often as possible for the rest of the visit. It's important that visitors stay hydrated!
To be able to purchase the wine, one must bring cash. Some may accept credit cards but they would have an extra fee for these transactions so it's best to just bring enough money for purchases. Large bills are helpful. We suggest that visitors carry $100, $50, and $20 dollar bills for tipping purposes because some of the wineries charge fees for tasting flights. $1 and $5 bills are also fine, but we find people often need to break large bills at wine country businesses. Visitors can bring up to an unlimited amount of coins.
Wine tasting can be done any time of day but visitors can be sure that if they go in the afternoon or evening, their stomachs might protest. Pack a few snack foods just to keep from being hungry at the end of every winery visit.
Don't forget to bring a digital camera so when it's time for photos, visitors can take those ever-important shots.
If visitors have a copy of our Tri-Cities Wine Trail Guide, make sure to bring it along! It includes maps and descriptions about each winery as well as it keeps them abreast with the latest information on events that will occur during their stay in this beautiful part of the country.
If visitors are in a corporate group, there's a great chance that the staff is equipped with an event plan from the organization that will not only help them but also give their group some idea about the details of every stop.
Where To Stay During The Tri-Cities Wine Trail
Alexandria Nicole Cellars Tiny Houses
Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Washington State is a micro-winery that includes a tiny house as part of their business model. It's listed on Airbnb and has been rented several times per month for the last 3 years. They use the proceeds from rentals to help pay for the mortgage, property taxes, wine-making supplies, and maintenance.
- Room Rates: $100/night
- Amenities:- 1 bedroom with a queen-size bed- Additional sleeping loft that can accommodate 2 more people (could be adults, kids, or babies)- Full kitchenette: fridge, microwave, and electric stovetop- Shower/bathroom included as well as toiletries and towels
The Finch at Walla Walla offers a variety of room options. All are individually decorated to create a relaxing ambiance and offer views of the lawns, gardens, or landscaped grounds. The Finch is situated on 18 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in its own private setting. Indoors, visitors will find 19 guest rooms and suites complete with luxurious linens and tasteful décor.
- Room Rates: $165 - $195 / night*All rates are based on single or double occupancy and do not include applicable taxes.
- Amenities include:- Free Wifi and high-speed internet access- Complimentary parking- Dry cleaning services on-premises- 24-hour concierge and valet service- Pet Friendly - two dog maximum, breed restrictions apply.
Chellan Valley Farms
Chellan Valley Farms is a ghat or byre-style farmhouse with the main house, ancillary buildings, and amenities situated on the south side of the valley. The property has a private swimming pool for its guests and various recreational activities are available at the Farm that includes horse riding, ballooning, and trekking. It has five bedrooms which each have their own private bathroom. The family residence has its own open space plan, whereas the other units are located in separate buildings and loft-style apartments with sleeping lofts on upper levels.
- Room Rates: $1,000-$1,400 per room/night
- Amenities include:- Gymnasium with equipment and golfing facilities nearby- Swimming pool- Dining room is provided in the farmhouse for all guests to dine together if they wish, but separate dining is available in the cottages' kitchenettes.- Laundry facilities- Housekeeping services are provided three times per week.
Society Hotel is one of the best hotels in Washington DC. It has a very pleasant and cozy atmosphere. They offer their services to guests from all over the US and from around the world. All their rooms are affordable, with medium or high-end furnishings, spacious enough for a comfortable stay.
- Room Rates:- Daybed Studio (SGL/DBL) $129-$179- One-Bedroom Suite (1 queen bed, sofa bed) $139-$189- Two-Bedroom Suite (2 queen beds, sofa bed/dining table, full kitchen) $159-$219
- Amenities include:- High-Speed Internet Access in all rooms- Soundproofing-100% smoke-free.The hotel also offers meeting facilities for up to 250 people, full catering services, and guest laundry service.
Red Lion River Inn
Red Lion River Inn is located right outside downtown Kennewick and offers great views of the Columbia River. There are 120 rooms and suites available, as well as several meeting rooms for up to 2,000 guests. The hotel is non-smoking and offers a hot tub, seasonal pool, and outdoor sun deck with BBQ grills. It is the perfect place to spend a weekend with friends or family.
- Room rates:-Deluxe King $152.00/night
- Amenities include:- Full Hot Breakfast- Microwave and refrigerator in all rooms- Outdoor pool & hot tub
Best Places To Eat During The Tri-Cities Wine Trail
Basecamp Books and Bites
Basecamp Books and Bites Wine Bar & Restaurant in the Tri-Cities wine trail is a perfect spot to stop after exploring the surrounding vineyards. The restaurant offers a full bar with an extensive wine list featuring wines from around DC. They also have craft beer on tap as well as pre-mixed drinks for non-wine drinkers. With a beautiful view of Okanagan Lake, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Basecamp Books & Bites is also an excellent spot to grab lunch while visiting the area or to meet up with friends after work for happy hour.
- Price Range: $10-$30
- Hours of Operation: Everyday 11 am – late
- Open for Lunch or Dinner
- Breakfast on weekends by request only.
Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and Icehouse Bar
With its copper dome roof and grand stone fireplace, Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Icehouse Bar looks like a rustic log cabin. But there is nothing primitive about the oasis of fine food and drink on display inside this historic building in Cowiche Canyon, near Yakima. The restaurant is part of a cluster of wineries, tasting rooms, and shops that line Cowiche Canyon Road, and the menu reflects the diverse culinary traditions that have flourished in this region for generations. The wine list also features some Northwest-specific labels from nearby vineyards as well as imported bottles from every corner of the earth. Their foods include everything from burgers and fries to grilled salmon, enchiladas and steak frites.
- Price Range: $11 to $36
- Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m Friday and Saturday
Canyon River Grill
This popular spot has a patio that overlooks the Columbia River and is within easy walking distance of many other Tri-Cities wine trail eateries. It's very popular for Canyon River Grill customers to order a bottle of wine from their 100+ selection and enjoy it with dinner. The wine list offers several varieties from Columbia Valley and Walla Walla wine regions as well as some dessert wines, ports, and cherries. The menu offers everything from light salads to hearty burgers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes. The dessert menu is small but features some tempting options. Like many other Tri-Cities wine trail restaurants, Canyon River Grill has live music and regularly scheduled karaoke nights.
- Price Range: $8-$30
- Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co.
Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co. is one of the wine trail breweries that also serves locally produced food. A visit to the brewery makes for a lovely and relaxing day out. A nice glass of locally produced beer will usually be enough to quench one’s thirst after sampling wines on the wine trail or in-between visits to other local wineries. Their menu includes pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, and a variety of options for sharing: hummus on toasted chickpea crusts; hot wings with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing; pan-fried nachos with corn chips, two kinds of cheese, jalapenos, and guacamole. To quench visitor’s thirst after sampling wines on the wine trail or in-between visits to other local wineries, they offer a variety of locally produced beers.
- Price Range: $10 - $15
- Operating Hours: Open from 11:00 am - 11:00pm
McGuire's Irish Restaurant and Pub
Located at 4807 W Tieton Dr, Yakima, McGuire's Irish Restaurant and Pub is a popular dining choice for those who want to enjoy a casual drink or a great meal with friends. The restaurant serves up an extensive menu of traditional Irish favorites such as Shepherds Pie, which is prepared in an authentic and traditional fashion. McGuire's is known for its friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere and provides an ideal setting to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, or just grab a drink after work.
- Price Range: $8-$20
- Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 8am-9pm
As visitors and travelers can see, the Tri-Cities Wine Trail is a fun and exciting place for anyone who enjoys wine. With so many different vineyards and wineries to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one to visit first but once they try all of them, they're sure to find their favorite! It is also a great way to spend an afternoon, and they can always combine it with a visit to one of the many other food and restaurants and even popular attractions in the area or consider combining their wine trail experience with some hiking at one of the nearby trails. The possibilities are endless!