So Many Reasons to Visit Wilridge Vineyard
Planning a casual day trip with someone special or out of state family and friends? Consider visiting Wilridge Vineyard, Washington's Recreational Vineyard. You'll find us in the middle of it all, only a couple hours from Seattle or Walla Walla.
Wilridge Vineyard on Naches Heights boasts of over 80 acres of vineyards, orchards and sageland bluffs to wonder through and explore. A simple wine tasting experience at Wilridge Vineyard's Tasting Room can easily transform into an afternoon of discovery and adventure.
As Washington's premier Recreational Vineyard your visit will, of course, include consuming some exceptional wines and spirits. However unlike most wine tasting scenarios, at Wilridge Vineyard you may end up going on a short hike, exploring the estate property, sitting on the lawn listening to live music, or simply relaxing with a friends and a nice bottle of Wilridge wine on the vintage wrap around porch of the 100-year old farmhouse that sits on the estate vineyard.
Outdoorsy (and Indoorsy) Wine Lovers
agree that Wilridge Vineyard is one of
their favorite "Daycation Destinations"
The Tasting Room at Wilridge Vineyard is the closest Eastern Washington vineyard tasting room to Seattle -- just two hours away -- and only minutes from Yakima. Wilridge Vineyard can easily be the first stop on your Eastern Washington wine tasting adventure and must absolutely be your last stop on the way back to Western Washington
Commune with Nature (or not)
Enjoy a glass of wine and watch for the raptors flying overhead, quail meandering on the lawn, squirrels running here and there. Then if you get up and move around a bit you might see Marmots hunting for food on the bluffs, Bees pollinating, butterflys flying and praying mantis hoping for the best in the vegetable garden. I could go on but I think you get the picture. Just relax or move around but most of all enjoy your wine tasting experience at Wilridge Vineyard.
Get your copy of the Wilridge Vineyard Map and use it as your guide to walk and wonder through the vineyard paths, maybe hike over to the Winery and Distillery, find your way to the cliff trails, visit the scenic view points and scout for Marmots -- always a delight to see.
Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall, every season is the perfect time to explore the Wilridge Estate Vineyard and connecting trails.
D.I.Y. Adventures Wilridge Vineyard!
Get the vineyard Map and use it to
Create Your Own Adventure.
The Tasting Room at Wilridge Vineyard
The Tasting Room offers all of the Wilridge red, white, rose' and dessert wines. Not a wine person? That's okay, the Tasting Room at Wilridge Vineyard also carries Meads from Sky River Mead in Woodinville, Ciders from Tieton Cider Works, Micro-brew from local craft breweries. And, the entire line of Wilridge brandies and grappas (yum).
The wine bar has a great Flight Menu for sampling a tasteful selection of Wilridge wines -- all wines are available by the glass or bottle. Light bites and soft drinks are also available. Please drink responsibly. CLICK HERE to purchase eGift Cards for Wilridge's Tasting Room.
Wraparound Porch & Comfortable Lawn
Pack a picnic lunch, choose your favorite Wilridge wine from our wide selection and spend the afternoon relaxing on the porch on our 1900's farmhouse tasting room. From the porch you'll have amazing views of Cowiche Canyon, Mount Adams, the upper Yakima Valley and Wilridge Vineyard. Picnic tables are scattered about and you can always lay a blanket out on the lawn, or in the shade of the grape vines and fruit trees.
"First stop on the way in to Eastern Washington last stop on the way back."
Live Music, or Quiet Evenings and Yoga (May-Sept)
A variety of ever-changing Food Trucks and Musical Artists are a great way to wrap up a long day of whatever you've been up to. Join us for a mellow Wednesday evening away from all the noise, or a Sunday afternoon sipping wine on the side porch.
Yoga Now - Wine Later Tuesday on the Main Lawn - starts promptly at 6p
Sponsored in part by the Yoga Collective of Yakima (YOCO) through August
Wine Down Wednesdays - doors open at 5p, Live music 6-9p
Sunday Serenade - doors open at 11a, live music on the side porch 2-5p
Rock Climbing and Rappeling From Cliffs
Grab your harness and come rock climbing! A long section of Andesite rock cliffs on the south side of Wilridge Vineyard host bolted anchors with top rope climbing opportunities ranging from 5.8 - 5.12. We recommend delaying the wine and spirit consumption part of your visit until after climbing.
The Wilridge Vineyard
Wine Making Experience
Only happens twice a year (for several days at at time).
Bottling Crew Volunteers April 25-May 2, 2018 (Not Sun 4/29)
Crush Crew | Sept-Nov (Dates TBA)
Got a strong back? Like to sweat?
Get excited by the thought of working really hard for a couple of days then waiting two years to reep the benefits of your labor?
If you answered yes to all these questions, cool. You might be a candidate for a volunteer position on this season's wine making crew.
Perhaps you should plan to spend a day (or two) with Wilridge Winemakers and Master Distillers Paul Beveridge and Dennis Grace -- the magnificent team that turns the grapes into wine and brandy.
We're not kidding. It's hard work. (But it's also a blast and where else do you get to drink wine while working?)
Send Name, Dates you are available, and Phone Number, and in 50 words or less, or through the means of Haiku relay to us why you would like to be a part of the annual volunteer wine making crew to: firstname.lastname@example.org Note Crush or Bottling Crew Volunteer in the subject.
Hiking Cowiche Canyon?
You'll find us at the top of Vineyard Trail.
Cowiche Caynon's Upland Trails are great for Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Spending Time with the Earth
The Cowiche Canyon Nature Preserve trail and mountain biking area is a few steps from the Tasting Room's back door. The 1/2 mile trail through Wilridge Vineyard down to the canyon floor is surrounded by century-old sagebrush, wildlife and beautiful Andesite and Basalt rock formations. Once a railroad line, Cowiche Canyon now has a 2.9 mile unpaved trail, framed with steep basalt and andesite cliffs as it winds to make 9 crossings of the creek. The Canyon trail is part of the William O. Douglas Trail that leads all the way to Mount Rainier, the Pacific Crest Trail and from there: Canada and Mexico! Several hundred species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, birds and other wildlife flourish in the area. Bring along your walking shoes, water bottle, and camera and we'll point you in the right direction. In 2013, the trail system in the Preserve was expanded onto Cowiche Mountain at Snow Mountain ranch, more than doubling the trail system. The single track mountain biking in the preserve is unparalled in Washington State. Horseback riders will find convenient hitching posts to tie up their mounts while visiting the Tasting Room.
CLICK HERE to view a Cowiche Canyon Uplands Trails Map
Courtesy of Cowiche Canyon Conservancy | Donate
"The Cowiche Canyon Trail is a great location for finding Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Yellow-breasted Chat. It is also a very quiet location with little man-made noise intrusions and the steep walls confine the birds in a very narrow band. Late May through early June features the prime period for claiming territories, the birds will be most vocal and visible at this time. Chats, Orioles, and Grosbeaks are usually found within the first three bridges...with additional individuals added as we go farther. This year, we didn't find a Bunting until bridge six. Probably went by more but they are small and have rather weak high pitched calls. Plus they prefer a drier habitat lingering just behind the riparian band.
Rock Wrens and Canyon Wrens are also vocal along the trail at this time of year. Frequently, they will be high on the walls or on the rim. Turkey Vultures and Ravens cruise by if one remembers to look up. Common Nighthawks were seen this year and every year brings Swallows...both Violet-green and Cliff nest heavily there.
Marmots are usually seen and a variety of plants also add appeal to the walk."
~Excerpts from reports by Richard Repp on Yakima Valley Audubon field trips to Cowiche Canyon in May and June.