So Many Reasons to Visit Wilridge Vineyard
A simple wine tasting experience at Wilridge Vineyard & Winery easily transforms into an afternoon of exploration and adventure.
When its time to plan a casual day trip with someone special, consider visiting Wilridge Vineyard.
With over 80 acres of vineyards, orchards and sageland bluffs to explore, a simple wine tasting experience at Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery transforms into an afternoon of exploration and adventure. As Washington's premier "Recreational Vineyard" your visit will include enjoying some exceptional wines and spirits, but unlike other vineyards, at Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery you can go hiking, biking, rock climbing, witness wildlife in its natural environment, have a picnic on the lawn, or simply relax with a nice bottle of wine on the spacious wrap around porch of our 100 year old farmhouse and wine bar.
Wine lovers boast that Wilridge Vineyard is their favorite "Daycation Destination"
Wilridge is the closest Eastern Washington vineyard tasting room to Seattle and Puget Sound -- only two hours away -- and is only minutes from Yakima. We can be your first stop on your Eastern Washington tasting adventure and your last stop on the way back. In addition to serving the entire lineup of Wilridge red, white, rose' and dessert wines and the entire lineup of Wilridge brandies and grappas, we also carry sparkling wines from Treveri Cellars, Meads from Sky River, ciders from Tieton Cider Works, and beers from local craft breweries. Our wine bar offers a wonderful Flight Menu for sampling multiple different wines -- and all of our wines are available by the glass or bottle. We also feature light bites and soft drinks for your designated driver.
Pack a picnic lunch, choose your favorite Wilridge wine from our wide selection and spend the afternoon relaxing under the sun. The porch on our 1900's farmhouse tasting room provides amazing views of Cowiche Canyon, Mount Adams, the upper Yakima Valley and Wilridge Vineyard. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis, but you are always welcome to bring along a blanket and camp out on the lawn in the shade of the grape vines and fruit trees.
First Vineyard and Tasting Room on the way into Eastern Washington, last one on the way out.
Enjoy a glass of wine on the porch and watch for the raptors flying overhead, quail meandering on the lawn, squirrels running here and there, marmots seeking food on the bluffs, butterflys and praying mantis in the garden. So many things to see and do.
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!
Hiking Cowiche Canyon?
You'll find us at the top of Winery Trail.
Cowiche Caynon's Upland Trails are great for Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Exploring Nature:
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
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"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.
The Wilridge Winery Wine Making Experience
Bottling Crew Volunteers April 25-March 2, 2018 (Not Sun 4/22)
Crush Crew | Sept-Nov (Dates TBA)
Send Name, Dates you are available, and Phone Number. Tell us why you would like to be a part of the annual volunteer wine making crew.
Got a strong back?
Like to sweat?
Don't wimp out at the last minute?
Get excited by the thought of working really hard for a couple of days then waiting two years to enjoy the wine?
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?)