Living in the Seattle area has many perks, one of them is being just two hours away from a totally different climate and setting. The Yakima Valley is so close but feels like a totally different state! Visiting the Yakima wineries for wine tastings has become one of our favorite weekend getaways. The scenery is gorgeous, the weather is great, the wineries are so cute, the winemakers are knowledgeable and friendly, and the wine is ahhhmazing!
We especially love going in the winter and spring months for some much needed sunshine when the rain here is starting to get a little old!
The Yakima valley has a lot of wonderful wineries, but with so many to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide which ones to visit. So we’ve done the hard work (of tasting all the wine) for you (you’re welcome!) and compiled a list of 6 amazing Yakima Wineries that you simply CANNOT miss. These are the Yakima wineries that we HAVE to visit every time. From beautifully landscaped venues to the truly remarkable wines; you will not be disappointed!
To make your trip planning even easier, we’ve included our recommendations on where to stay and where to eat when visiting the area. PLUS– we’re giving away 2 sets of Rattlesnake Hills Wine Passports so you can check these wineries out for free! (Scroll to the bottom for more info.)
6 Yakima Wineries You Must See:
Known for their amazing selection of 100% sparkling wines.
Tasting Fee: Complimentary (for groups of 10 or less)
Average bottle cost: $15-$20
Why we like it: Gorgeous setting for sipping sparkling wine and a great food menu to pair with the bubbly. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. We loved learning about the history of this family-owned winery. Sip on a refreshing sparkling wine cocktail (can we recommend the Trevijito??) as you take in all the gorgeous scenery.
Tasting Fee: $5 for 5 wines (free w/ rattlesnake hills passport)
Average bottle cost: $16
Why we like it: Beautiful views and patio for sitting back and relaxing with a glass of wine. Be sure to try their award winning Riesling.
Tasting Fee: $5 for 6 wines (free w/ rattlesnake hills passport)
Average bottle cost: $10-$20
Why we like it: Great wine and a very well stocked tasting room with specials on cases of wine. The grounds are our favorite spot for a picnic lunch with plenty of space for a picnic blanket as well as several tables and a covered area. You can pick up a bottle of pre-chilled wine and enjoy it with your lunch as you look out at the beautiful views of vineyards with Mt. Adams in the background!
Tasting Fee: $5 for 5 wines (free w/rattlesnake hills passport)
Average bottle cost: $13-$24
Why we like it: Another scenic estate winery where “the grapes you see are the grapes you taste”. The owners Shirley & Gail have been growing the grapes and making the wine here since the 80’s and have so much knowledge and great stories to share as you sip.
Tasting Fee: $5 for 5 wines (waived w/wine purchase)
Average bottle cost: $20-$30
Why we like it: This family run winery is known for their rich red wines. The winemaker is a chef, so the wines are made with food in mind– just as they should be. They also have some incredible ice wine and dessert wines that are perfect for sipping on after dinner. One of the highlights is Debbie (who usually runs the tasting room). She is so fun to chat with and makes wine tasting an even more pleasant experience (as if that was possible). She’s also the person behind the amazing pretzels they serve here. We have to buy a couple bags of these perfectly seasoned, homemade pretzels every time!
Tasting Fee: $5 for 5 wines (waived w/ bottle purchase)
Average bottle cost: $18-$30 (receive 10% off with rattlesnake hill passport)
Why we like it: Unique varietals that aren’t easily found elsewhere for the wine connoisseur. The winemaker has been producing wine for over 35 years and is truly passionate about making unique and exceptional wines. Make sure you taste some of their delicious dessert wines while you’re here!
Where to Stay:
Average cost per night: $100-$160
Why we liked it: Central location in downtown Yakima, walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, parks, etc. Clean and comfortable with a large indoor swimming pool. Free breakfast included.
Where to Eat:
Average cost per entree: $15-$30
Why we like it: EVERYTHING we had on the menu was absolutely delicious. It’s hard to come across a place that knows how to do so many things well: salads, burgers, steaks, ribs, chicken wings, fish, and even the kid’s meals. Weeks later, I am still daydreaming about their Hong Kong Chicken Chop salad (pictured below) and counting down days till I am back in town to order it! You won’t be disappointed with anything on their extensive menu. PLUS- service was outstanding and it’s a very family friendly place.
Rattlesnake Hills Passport GIVEAWAY:
For current & new e-mail subscribers only: Simply comment below and tell us which of the Yakima wineries is YOUR favorite, or which one you’re most excited to visit. You’ll be entered to win 2 free Rattlesnake Hills Passports! (2 winners to be announced August 3rd)
**The Rattlesnake Hills Passport is how we first learned about many of these wineries. It waives the tasting fee at many wineries (Bonair, Hyatt, Silverlake + 3 others!) and has many other discounts valued at over $100 inside!
Thanks to Hyatt winery for sponsoring this giveaway & all these lovely wineries for sponsoring this post!
Y & I
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