Wilridge Estate Vineyard
A seemingly simple wine tasting experience transforms into an afternoon full of adventure: picnic, hike, bike, rock climb, or enjoy the wildlife.
Planted in 2007, Wilridge Vineyard is a rare Organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic vineyard -- the "greenest winery in Washington." Twenty-three varieties of grapes are planted in the unique loess soil composed mostly of windblown volcanic ash over volcanic rock brought by ancient eruptions from local volcanoes. In the shadow of the Cascade Range the vineyard sits at about 1500 ft elevation -- providing long sunny days and cool nights to help the grapes develop lovely fruit.
Experience the Vineyard
With over 80 acres of vineyards, orchards and sageland bluffs to explore, a seemingly simple wine tasting experience transforms into an afternoon full of adventure. Your visit can include wine and spirits tasting, picnicing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing and relaxing on the lawn.
Wine and Spirits Tasting
Wilridge has three tasting rooms and our wines are also available at farmers markets throughout Washington State. Following is information and directions for each:
Our tasting room on Naches Heights near Yakima is located at Wilridge Vineyard next to the Cowiche Canyon Nature Preserve at 250 Ehler Road. It features all the wines, brandies and other spirits made by Wilridge Winery & Distillery plus craft beers, ciders, soft drinks, and light bites. Please bring sturdy shoes so you can explore the vineyard and canyon or take a walk to tour our nearby winery and distillery. During the summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day we are open seven days a week from eleven am to six pm. During the rest of the year we are open on weekends and for special events. Please check our wilridge winery website or Facebook page for winter hours, special events, live music, and food truck schedules. We are also always open by appointment. To make an appointment please call back and press two. From Interstate 82 in Yakima take Highway 12 west to Naches Heights Road and follow the signs to Ehler Road.
Our wines, brandies and other spirits are available in Seattle all year round seven days a week from nine am to five pm at our farmers market stall in Pike Place Market next to City Fish in the main arcade. Please stop by whenever you tour the historic market. Wilridge wines are also available at other seasonal farmers markets throughout the state. For more information on our famers markets, please call back and press seven to reach our sales director Glen Syvertsen.
All Wilridge wines are also available year round seven days a week from noon until eight pm at The Tasting Room in Pike Place Market at 1924 Post Alley between Stewart and Virginia Streets in the Alley behind the original Starbucks and next to Kells Irish pub. There is ample parking in several market garages and we will carry your wine to your car or hotel. The Tasting Room is a cooperative founded by Wilridge that also features eight other Washington State wineries plus craft beers, ciders, coffee, soft drinks and light bites. It's a great place to take a break from shopping and introduce out-of-town guests to Washington wine. You may reach The Tasting Room directly at 206-770-9463 and at winesofwashington.com.
Finally, we share a tasting room in Woodinville Washington with Sky River Meadery where you can taste and purchase the full line of Wilridge wines plus Sky River's delightful honey meads. The tasting room is located at 14270 Woodinville-Redmond Road south of the Historic Hollywood School and can be reached at 425-242-3815. There is ample parking at the top of the long driveway and beautiful views of the valley and the dozens of other wineries in the area.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Pack a picnic lunch, choose your favorite WA wine from our wide selection and spend the afternoon relaxing under the sun. The porch on our 1900's farmhouse tasting room provides picnic tables with amazing views of the Upper Valley, Cowiche Canyon and Wilridge Vineyard. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first serve basis. But you can always bring along a blanket and camp out on the lawn in the shade of the vines and fruit trees.
Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing and Wildlife
The Cowiche Canyon Nature Preserve hiking and mountain biking trail system is a few steps from the Wilridge Vineyard tasting room. The one 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 is now a 2.9 mile unpaved trail that winds along the creek and makes nine crossings. 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 (hint: head over the saddle behind the Nebbiolo and Sagrantino vines). In 2013, the trail system in the Preserve was expanded onto Cowiche Mountain at Snow Mountain ranch, more that doubling the trail system.
Bird Watching: "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. And though the trail has a reputation for rattlesnakes, I have never seen one in all my visits. I suppose if you walk heavy and slow, they move out of the way. "
~Excerpts from reports by Richard Repp on Yakima Valley Audubon field trips to Cowiche Canyon in May and June.
Every bird of prey native
Grab your gear and come rock climbing! Two sections of andesite rock on the south side of Wilridge Vineyard host bolted anchors with top rope climbing opportunities ranging from 5.8 - 5.12. We'll point you in the right direction....all you need is a sense of adventure and your rock climbing gear. We do suggest delaying the wine consumption part of your visit until after climbing!
Enjoy a glass of wine on the porch and see: raptors flying overhead, squirrels running here and there, quail meandering on the lawn, marmots seeking food on the bluffs, butterflys and praying mantis in the garden, and so much more.