Washington Spring Wine Tour – May 8–11, 2024
One of the nation’s 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!
Join us on an enchanting journey through the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, a designated National Scenic Area and the largest of its kind in America. Prepare to be captivated by the unparalleled beauty of these vistas, each more stunning than the last, as we traverse diverse and captivating terrain.
Our adventure commences at the renowned Horse Heaven Saloon, a true gem of the region. Following this delightful start, we will indulge in our first wine tasting experience at Four Feathers Estate. This distinguished winery stands as a testament to the art of winemaking, boasting a vertically integrated, family-owned operation. With an impressive 3,500 acres dedicated to cultivating the finest wine grapes and producing custom premium wines for nearly 300 esteemed clients, Four Feathers Estate is a true embodiment of excellence.
As our journey continues, we will find ourselves in Richland, where our charming abode for the next three nights awaits – the Lodge at Columbia Point. Nestled along the serene banks of the Columbia River, this luxurious haven provides the perfect retreat for our stay. Upon arrival, take a moment to settle into your accommodations and unwind before we embark on an exquisite culinary experience at Tagaris Winery. Here, you’ll revel in the harmonious fusion of exceptional wines and delectable Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, a truly unforgettable pairing that promises to delight your senses.
Come, be part of this extraordinary sojourn as we embrace the wonders of the Columbia River Gorge and create cherished memories together.
Embark on another day of enchantment as we uncover the treasures of the Columbia River Gorge. Our journey today commences with a captivating visit to Terra Blanca Winery, where an exquisite blend of flavors awaits during a delightful lunch, tasting, and tour. The Vineyard Grill’s culinary offerings are a masterpiece in themselves – from delectable wood-fired brick oven pizzas to enticing salads, each dish harmoniously crafted to complement the exceptional wines. A true highlight of this visit is the exploration of their unique Wine Caves, a fascinating glimpse into the artistry behind their winemaking process.
Following this culinary and sensory delight, we will venture to Prosser Vintner’s Village for a leisurely lunch on your terms. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore at your own pace, strolling along picturesque trails that lead to a collection of ten distinctive wineries. This moment of exploration is yours to relish, surrounded by the natural beauty that enriches the heart of Washington’s wine country.
Our odyssey continues to 14 Hands Winery, a name inspired by the wild horses that once roamed this land. This essence of untamed spirit resonates within the sprawling landscape that has nurtured generations of determined individuals. The acclaimed vineyards, thriving in the loamy sand and gravel soils, pay homage to Washington’s world-renowned terroir. Prepare to be captivated by their dedication to crafting wines of distinction.
As the sun begins to set, we conclude our day at Desert Wind Wine Estate, a haven where friendly and knowledgeable staff offer a unique insight into the art of winemaking. Gain an intimate understanding of the meticulous process that brings these exceptional wines to life, enhancing your appreciation for every sip.
With the day’s adventures etched into our memories, return to your comfortable sanctuary for a well-deserved respite. Later, join us for a delightful dinner at Budd’s Broiler, an establishment perched elegantly overlooking the Columbia River. Here, indulge in a culinary symphony as you savor delectable dishes paired with the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Unwind, relish, and allow the magic of the Columbia River Gorge to envelop you as we continue this remarkable journey of discovery.
Embrace a day of enrichment and exploration as we delve deeper into the captivating wonders of Richland. Our morning commences with a journey to the Reach Museum, a captivating institution that stands as both a museum and a gateway to the Hanford Reach National Monument. Here, the fascinating history and significance of the Hanford Site come to life, providing a profound understanding of the region’s heritage.
Following this insightful exploration, our path leads us to the delightful Bookwalter Winery, where a sumptuous lunch and a tantalizing tasting experience await. John Bookwalter’s vision of merging a full-service restaurant with the winery’s tasting room has materialized into a culinary masterpiece. Prepare to indulge in a dining encounter that flawlessly encapsulates the essence of local flavors and style, an experience that is bound to leave a lasting impression.
As the sun begins its descent, we set our sights on an evening of sheer enchantment. Embark with us to the tranquil docks, where a luxurious yacht awaits to carry us down the Columbia River. A gourmet dinner, meticulously curated to tantalize your taste buds, shall be savored amidst the breathtaking scenery that unfolds along the riverbanks. This voyage is an opportunity to create cherished memories against the backdrop of an idyllic setting, an experience that is truly unparalleled and one that promises to remain etched in your heart.
Richland’s history, flavors, and natural beauty intertwine to create a day of exploration that is as profound as it is delightful. Join us as we seize the opportunity to embrace every moment, enriching our journey through the Columbia River Gorge with unforgettable experiences that are simply irresistible.
As our journey nears its conclusion, we’ll be making our way back with a collection of cherished memories and the delightful taste of exceptional wines. The final day will include a few well-planned stops, one of which is the quaint town of Hood River. Here, you’ll have some free time to enjoy a leisurely lunch, taking in the town’s charm and ambiance.
Prepare to join us on a delectable exploration of Central Washington’s culinary and wine offerings. This flavorful tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience the region’s finest flavors, artfully combined to create a memorable tasting experience.
As we begin our homeward-bound route, we reflect on the unique landscapes and moments that have defined our journey. While this tour may be concluding, the enduring memories we’ve crafted together will remain, a testament to the remarkable time we’ve shared.