Last Updated on March 30, 2023 by admin
Did you know that Washington State is the second largest wine producer in the country? The city of Woodinville, located just 19 miles northeast from Seattle, has over 130 wineries in four distinct wine districts. Each winery has a distinct setting and unique wine offerings. Some wineries have beautiful outdoor gardens, some have expansive lawns perfect for picnics, some have cozy indoor seating areas, and some host live music. In this guide, we’re sharing our favorite wineries in Woodinville. We’ll also share which wineries are kid-friendly, which wineries allow dogs, and which wineries serve meals.
We’re based in Washington and over the years, we’ve gotten to visit dozens of the wineries in Woodinville. We’ve had their annual Wine Passport and we’ve also attended many of the wine events (like summer concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle and Weddings in Woodinville). When our friends and family visit us, we often take them to Woodinville for the day. We hope our guide to the best Woodinville wineries inspires you to make a visit!
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What to Bring Wine Tasting in Woodinville
- Insulated water bottle (Stay hydrated!)
- Power bank (So your cell phone doesn’t run out battery. We like this one because it has a built-in cable.)
- Sun hat (Many of the wineries offer outdoor seating)
- Small crossbody purse (To easily carry your identification)
- Wine glass pens (We recommend these for wine tasting at home. Have your guests write down their name on their wine glass when hosting a party!)
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Wine Tasting Tips for Woodinville Wineries
- Consider Purchasing a Wine Pass: If you plan on visiting several wineries, it may be worth it to purchase the Passport to Taste. The wine passport is instantly available on your phone once you’ve purchased it. You can view the participating wineries on the website. We’ve purchased the annual passport before, and it was fun to visit Woodinville several times over the course of the year. It helped us to get to know new wineries!
- Large Groups: If you plan on visiting with a larger group, be sure to call in advance. You may not be able to be seated at the same table.
- Allow 1.5 Hours Per Winery: If you’re planning to visit multiple wineries, we recommend that you plan to spend 1.5 hours at each winery. Most of the wineries will not allow you to stay longer than 90 minutes for a reservation. (Although be sure to check the details of each winery you plan on visiting.)
- Reservations are Highly Recommended: Most of the wineries listed below either require advance reservations or they highly recommend them. Although some offer walk-ins, we recommend booking your reservations in advance to guarantee your preferred tasting time.
- Avoid Wearing Fragrances: We recommend avoid wearing perfume or cologne so that the scent does not interfere with your tasting experience. (Smelling the wine will enhance your tasting experience.)
- Drink Responsibly: Most importantly, drink responsibly and safely. Do not drink and drive.
The Best Wineries in Woodinville, Washington
Below is our list of the best wineries in Woodinville. We don’t have them ranked in any particular order.
Map of the Wineries in Woodinville
We included this map of our recommended wineries to visit in Woodinville:
14404 137th Pl NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
This is our personal favorite winery. We visit this winery more than any other. On a sunny summer afternoon, nothing beats sitting outside on their forest patio at their Bramble Bump location. The winery is located in a wooded area with lots of flora and fauna.
We recommend that you visit this winery early, because parking can be limited. Only one vehicle is allowed per reservation at this time. (See their website for instructions on where to park and how to consolidate vehicles prior to arrival.)
JM Cellars is open Friday through Sunday. (Sunday is open for club members.) Most of the wine tasting fees are $20 plus tax. You’ll receive 5 glasses of 1.5 ounce pours. We recommend making a tasting reservation on their website in advance. They are known for their red wines, so be sure to try one of those.
This winery features a 7-acre outdoor arboretum, complete with a bocce ball court! Take your glass of wine and stroll through the property’s short trails. This winery is kid and dog-friendly.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072
We love visiting Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and having a picnic on one of their lawns. Even if you don’t plan a picnic in advance, you can easily grab some cheese, crackers, and meats from their gift shop to enjoy with your wine.
The winery is open daily. They are open a little bit later on the weekends. Wine tasting costs $25 plus tax (at the time of this writing). Walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first serve basis, but we recommend making reservations in advance. After you finish your wine tasting, purchase a glass and take it out for a picnic.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the largest wineries in Woodinville and it is the oldest winery in Washington State. (Established in 1912.) The winery is surrounded by 105 acres of forest. The craftsman-style architecture of the main buildings make it a popular wedding venue.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is especially known for its summer concert series. Every summer, they set up a large stage and wine-lovers fill the lawn. They have had many famous musicians play at their venue, including John Legend and Stevie Wonder.
Read all about our experiences at Chateau Ste. Michelle! We wrote a full blog post dedicated to this winery.
|See 10 of our favorite wineries in Walla Walla here!|
Novelty Hill – Januik
14710 Woodinville – Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
This tasting room is shared by two independent wineries: Novelty Hill and Januik. Reservations are recommended, but not required. (Availability based on current staffing.)
We really like Novelty Hill – Januik for its large, modern building, and plenty of outdoor seating. We celebrated my mom’s birthday there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed their patio setting with water feature. On the weekends they serve made-to-order pizzas.
Patterson Cellars at Hollywood Hill
14505 148th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
We’ve already written about our love for Patterson Cellars in our post about the best things to do in Leavenworth, but they also have a tasting room in Woodinville!
Their wine tastings are available on a walk-in basis only at this time. Depending on the tasting you choose, you’ll get between 5 or 6 wine tastings.
One of the cool things about this winery is that they have a variety of wine pairings available with advanced reservation. For example, they have a wine and chocolate pairing, a wine and cheese pairing, and a wine and pizza pairing.
14300 NE 145th St Suite 101, Woodinville, WA 98072
DeLille Cellars’ tasting room is now at the Old Redhook Brewery, so it’s within walking distance of Chateau St. Michelle. (Did we mention how fun it is to visit multiple wineries during the same day? Since many of them are within walking distance, it’s a safe way to try multiple wines throughout the day.)
Reservations are required and the winery is open daily. You can visit for a wine tasting, a meal at their adjacent restaurant, or you can book an experience in the Library Room. (In which you’ll have a guided 1.5 hour tour through some of their most acclaimed wines. Plus you’ll receive a personal cheese and charcuterie plate, which pretty much sells it for me!)
16116 140th Pl NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
Matthews Winery has a beautiful, bright tasting room in Woodinville. If you purchase a bottle of wine, you will get one complimentary tasting. Reservations are required.
Their tasting room features farmhouse decor and is child-friendly. They also have a lawn for outdoor seating, which has both tented and uncovered areas.
Also located on the property is the Matthews Farm and Kitchen. You can learn about Washington State farming as you enjoy your glass of wine.
14300 NE 145th St #102, Woodinville, WA 98072
Sparkman Cellars moved to a new location in the Old Redhook Brewing Company building. Their tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday. Along with their wines, they sell tasty morsels and flatbreads.
We have visited Sparkman Cellars a number of times. We particularly liked their chardonnay! We don’t often take notes on our favorite wines, but we did this time so that we could come back and order more bottles.
Long Shadows Vintners
14450 Woodinville – Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
Long Shadows Vintners tasting room in Woodinville has a dark and romantic ambiance. The cozy arm chairs are the perfect place to sip a glass of wine on a rainy day. They are open Thursday through Sunday and reservations are strongly recommended. Their tasting is $20 per person, which is refundable if the same individual makes a minimum purchase of $40.
We visited their Walla Walla location recently, and we have to say that Long Shadows Vintners was one of our favorite wine producers ever! Their wines are really, really good.
14450 Woodinville – Redmond Rd NE #109, Woodinville, WA 98072
Our final winery is Airfield Estates. They are open daily with $15 wine tastings. They have a large space that offers indoor and outdoor seating. Their aviation heritage sets them apart from other wineries.
A new addition to the Woodinville wine scene is Wine Alley, which is a series of 7 tasting rooms that are set in a quaint alleyway meant to resemble a European street. Wine Alley officially opened in February 2022 in Woodin Creek Village.
Wineries included in the alley are Ancestry Cellars, Ambassador Wines of Washington, Baer Winery, Rooted Souls Winery, Adam Bench Winery, TruthTeller Winery, and Tsillan Cellars.
|Be sure to also check out our post on the best wineries in Chelan, Washington!|
Where to Stay in Woodinville: Willows Lodge
If you’re able to stay the night, we recommend that you stay at the luxurious boutique hotel Willows Lodge. The grounds are peaceful and quiet, and the lodge is located within walking distance of Columbia Winery and Chateau Ste. Michelle. The lobby boasts a large stone fireplace, and the rooms are large and cozy. We spent the night at Willows Lodge shortly after we were married, and we still talk about how amazing it was to stay there. We recommend that you book a treatment at their spa, and we also recommend that you try the Grand Marnier Wild Shrimp at Fireside Lounge during happy hour. (You will seriously thank us for that tip.)
For a full list of Woodinville lodging options, click here.
Where to Eat in Woodinville
Many of the wineries offer charcuterie boards, cheese boards, and small appetizers. For a more substantial meal, we recommend the following:
- Barking Frog | $$$: The Barking Frog is located on the Willows Lodge property and is a fine dining restaurant open for brunch and dinner. We had dinner there and we highly recommend it!
- The Herbfarm | $$$$: When you dine at The Herbfarm, you’ll enjoy a 9-course prix-fixe menu. Expect to spend several hundred dollars per person for this luxurious dining experience.
- The Lounge at DeLille Cellars | $$: One of the wineries that has a restaurant is DeLille Cellars. Their dinner entrees range from $24 to $31. They have a three-course Wednesday date night that includes a bottle of wine for $145.
Transportation to the Different Wineries in Woodinville
Woodinville Wine Tours
Looking for an organized wine tour? An advantage of booking a tour is that you won’t need to worry about driving between wineries. There are several companies that offer tours in Woodinville:
- Bon Vivant Tours: In this tour, you’ll visit several of the wineries and have lunch. You’ll have an expert guide that will take you to boutique wineries as well as some of the larger ones.
- Barrel Wine Tours: They offer full day and half day tours, depending on your preference.
- Private Driver: You can also hire a private driver to arrange transportation between the wineries.
- Snoqualmie Falls + Woodinville Half Day Tour: This 5.5 hour tour will take you to several Woodinville wineries as well as the impressive Snoqualmie Falls.
Using a ride-share app like Uber or Lyft can help you to get between wineries without having to worry about driving.
Many of the wineries are clustered together. (See our map above!) You can easily walk between Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Sparkman Cellars, and DeLille Cellars. See this full map to see all of the wineries in each district.
Most of the wineries have ample parking. The only one that we know of that has limited parking is JM Cellars. (See our notes below.)
What wineries in Woodinville have restaurants?
Most of the wineries will offer some sort of small bites (like a cheese or charcuterie board), but we recommend that you visit The Lounge at DeLille Cellars for a more substantial meal.
What wineries in Woodinville are kid-friendly?
Many of the wineries in Woodinville are kid-friendly! We especially recommend visiting JM Cellars, Chateau St. Michelle, and Matthews Winery if you have children. Our favorite place to go with our daughter is Chateau Ste. Michelle. There’s often lots of kids running around on the lawn, and it’s the perfect place to pack a picnic. You can order a bottle of wine and have a no-fuss tasting. Our daughter especially enjoyed seeing the peacocks on the property!
What wineries in Woodinville are dog-friendly?
If you plan on bringing your dog to Woodinville, we recommend visiting JM Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, or Columbia Winery. Leashed dogs are permitted outside, but not in the tasting rooms.
Summary: Our Experience at Woodinville Wineries
Over the years, we’ve visited Woodinville dozens of times. Going wine tasting is a fun event to try something new and have a good conversation. We hope this post about the best wineries in Woodinville was helpful in planning your next trip!
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