Founded in 1988, Wilridge is the oldest winery still in operation in Seattle. From the beginning, Wilridge has focused on hand-crafted wines from select single-vineyard sites throughout Washington State.
Wilridge Winery is a small family winery run in the European tradition. Founded in 1988, Wilridge is the oldest winery still in operation in Seattle. From the beginning, Wilridge has focused on hand-crafted wines from select single-vineyard sites throughout Washington State. In 2007, Wilridge planted its own estate vineyard on Naches Heights near Yakima. Wilridge wines are available for sampling and purchase at the original winery in the historic Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, at The Tasting Room Seattle in Pike Place Market, in Woodinville at Sky River Meadery, and at The Tasting Room Yakima at Wilridge Vineyard.
Originally, Wilridge wines were made in the cellar of Madrona Bistro. The wines were aged in French oak barrels that still line the walls of the cellar. With the closure of the Bistro in 1995, the winery was expanded. The building was lifted and a 1,500 square foot cellar was excavated. New equipment was purchased from Italy, where there is a long tradition of small, family-scale wine making. The first vintage from the new facility was produced in 1996.
Since the beginning, Wilridge's goal has been to find the best vineyard sites in Washington State and hand make wines that bring out the unique characteristics of each vineyard's "terroir." Each year, Wilridge wines highlight their vineyard source and the vintage. With the planting of its own vineyard in 2007, and release of the first estate wines in 2010, Wilridge is now able to fully express the character of its own unique vineyard "terroir" while also continuing to produce wines from other great wine growing regions of Washington State.