10 Reasons to Visit Washington's Premier Recreational 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 wine tasting experience at Wilridge Vineyard's Wine Bar and Tasting Room can easily transform into an afternoon of discovery and outdoor adventure.
Complete list of Events at the Vineyard.
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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 edge of the estate vineyard.
Fall/Winter October-March Hours
Fri & Sat Noon-Late, Sun Noon-8 PM
Spring/Summer April-September Hours
Wed & Thur 4-9 PM, Fri & Sat Noon-Late, Sun Noon-8 PM
1. Located Half Way Between Seattle and Walla Walla
The Tasting Room at Wilridge Vineyard is the closest Eastern Washington vineyard tasting room to Seattle -- just a little over 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.
Outdoorsy (and Indoorsy) Wine Lovers
agree that Wilridge Vineyard is one of
their favorite "Daycation Destinations"
2. 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.
3. Quite Evenings and Epic Sunsets
The Vineyard is the perfect setting to share a bottle of wine on a warm summer night. During the Autumn months, the fire pit is lit at dusk, and the smell of hot spiced wine is in the air. Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall, every season is the perfect time to visit Wilridge Estate Vineyard.
4. D.I.Y. Adventures around the 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 along the Cowiche Canyon, visit the scenic view points and scout for Marmots -- always a delight to see. Create Your Own Adventure.
5. Wine Bar and Tasting Room
The Vineyard's Wine Bar and Tasting Room offers all of the Wilridge Estate and Varietal red, white, rosé and dessert wines. Not a wine person? That's okay, the Tasting Room 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.
6. 1900's Era Wraparound Farmhouse Porch
Relax in the shade and the cool breezes sitting on the porch of our 1900's farmhouse. From the porch you'll have amazing views of Cowiche Canyon, Mount Adams, the upper Yakima Valley and Wilridge Vineyard.
7. Big Comfortable Lawns with Picnic Tables
Pack a picnic lunch, choose your favorite Wilridge wine from our wide selection and spend the afternoon relaxing at the vineyard. Picnic tables are scattered about and you can always lay a blanket out on the lawn, or sit in the shade of the grape vines and fruit trees.
8. Live Music and Popular Food Trucks (Spring/Summer June-September)
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.
Wine Down Wednesdays - doors open at 4p, Live music 6-9p
Sunday Serenade - doors open at 11a, live music on the side porch 2-5p
9. Rock Climbing and Rappelling 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.
10. Wilridge Winery Wine Making Crew Community Volunteer Program
Be a part of the BOTTLING & CRUSH CREW, a Community Volunteer Wine Making Program at Wilridge Vineyard. Smaller boutique wineries and distilleries in Washington, like Wilridge, rely on the volunteer support of like-minded individuals who want to play a role in, and be a part of, the Yakima Wine Country Experience. Click Here For More Information
Hiking Cowiche Canyon?
You'll find us at the top of Winery/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
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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.