Washington Wine Tour – May 3rd – 6th, 2023

One of the nations top wine regions has appeared amongst the rivers, lakes and mountains of Central Washington. Bordered by the towering Cascade Mountains on the west and sagebrush covered hills on the east, vineyards and their attendant wineries are rapidly appearing throughout the area. The winemakers of this area have banded together in the belief that the influence of the Cascade Mountains and the broad rivers and lakes makes the region unique!

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Day 1 – Wednesday May 3rd – Home to Richland
We will make our way through the Columbia River Gorge… designated a National Scenic Area, the largest in America, for good reason, you’d be hard-pressed to find vistas as stunning as these. Enjoy the varied terrain as we make our way to Benton City in Central Washington. First stop is Terra Blanca Winery where a wonderful lunch and tasting awaits. The Vineyard Grill menu features enticing wood-fire brick oven pizzas, salads and more, all superbly created to pair perfectly with their wonderful wines. We’ll continue on to the Richland and our home for the next 3 nights, the Hampton Inn… on the banks of the Columbia River, next to Howard Amon Park. You will have time to get comfortable in your room before we head to Tagaris Winery for dinner… they provide the perfect pairing of fine wine and Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Hampton Inn (L, D)

Day 2 – Thursday May 4th- Richland to Prosser – Local Touring
Our day starts with a tour of the Four Feathers wine Service… a vertically integrated, family-owned winemaking company that farms 3,500 acres of wine grapes and makes and packages custom premium wines for nearly 300 clients nationwide at their state-of-the-art facilities. Next, it’s lunch on your own at Prosser Vintner’s Village… Here you can meander on trails leading to 10 unique wineries. After visiting their exceptional tasting facilities, venture over to the Yellow Rose nursery where you can view more than 10 acres of beautiful foliage. We continue to 14 Hands Winery, they named the winery after wild horses…  the horses have become living symbols of the adventurous nature of the American West. The essence of these horses lives on in the vast landscape that has sustained those determined enough to work it. Loamy sand and gravel soils require a strong and determined grapevine and their acclaimed vineyards revel in Washington’s world-class terroir. Our last winery for the day is Desert Wind Wine Estate… Their friendly, knowledgeable staff specializes in providing their guests with a unique glimpse of the winemaking process. You’ll have some time to rest in your comfortable room before we head to dinner at Anthony’s overlooking the Columbia. Hampton Inn (B, D)

Day 3 – Friday May 5th – Richland – Local Touring
You can’t go to Richland without learning about the Hanford Site… we’ll head to the Reach Museum this morning… also known as the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, it is a museum and visitor center for Hanford Reach National Monument. The center tells a story of the cultural, natural and scientific history of the Hanford Reach and Columbia Basin area. Next, we will head to Bookwalter Winery for a taste & lunch… When John Bookwalter decided to open a full-service restaurant, the vision was simple and crystal clear, offer patrons an inspired, stylish dining experience that is intensely local. Tonight, we head to the docks where we’ll glide down the Columbia River while enjoying a gourmet dinner aboard a luxury yacht. This is an experience you won’t want to miss! Hampton Inn (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Saturday May 6th – Richland to Home
We’ll head home with some great memories and some delicious wine. We will have a few stops along the way including the quant town of Hood River… where you will have some free time to sample some of the best of the best in food and drink, from simple home style meals to gourmet offerings. Join us for a tasty tour of food and wine in Central Washington. (B)

$1,668 Double $2014 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by February 15th, 2023