Wineries & Wine
Home to the largest concentration of wine tasting rooms in the United States, the area around Bellevue including the small community of Woodinville is yours to discover. From the historic and beautiful grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle to the quaint boutique wineries where you are likely to have the winemaker themselves pour you a glass of his or her finest blend, a wonderful variety of wine tasting experiences await you. Several tour companies provide group or private tours originating in Bellevue and offer a range of experiences and insights about Washington's wine industry.
Nearly all of the Woodinville wineries grow their grapes in the warm, arid climate of Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley where vineyards boast sandy, gravelly soils providing an ideal medium to plant vines. Protected from the marine climate by the Cascade Mountains, Columbia Valley vineyard temperatures consistently hover in the mid-80's during the summer. Come fall, warm days and cool nights protect the grapes' natural acidity and ripen the fruit to perfection.