Should you have a penchant for wine and wineries, Woodinville just may be your favorite Seattle destination. Conveniently located just 25 miles north of Downtown Seattle, Woodinville began as a logging community at the end of the 19th Century, became a farming center early in the 20th century, and developed into a suburb of Seattle after World War II. In recent years, however, Woodinville has become increasingly known for its local wineries, which showcase wines from grapes grown in Eastern Washington including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery and dozens of other smaller wineries.
The first winery to open its doors in Woodinville, and the oldest winery in the state, Chateau Ste. Michelle now attracts over 200,000 wine enthusiasts every year to its 87-acre property. Featuring an outdoor amphitheater that hosts musical and theatrical events in Woodinville throughout the year, the chateau also features tasting rooms, regular events and gardens. Columbia Winery opened its doors a decade after Chateau Ste. Michelle, and together the two wineries ushered a modern-day wine renaissance into the Woodinville area that continues to this day, with over 100 wineries and tasting rooms to satisfy even the most experienced sommelier.
But Woodinville is not only a home for wine enthusiasts. The city is divided into four districts, each with its own distinct look, feel, and attractions. Woodinville's Downtown District features an array of boutique shops, retail plazas, garden stores and fine dining options, as well as Molbak's Garden and Home, a nationally acclaimed garden center. The Woodinville Hollywood District features farms, wineries, and bike trails, all in the shadow of Mount Rainier; Redhook Brewery, the state’s largest microbrewer, is a short walk from Willows Lodge, a gold-rated Condé Nast resort. Woodinville’s Warehouse District offers more wineries in one square mile than in anywhere else in the world; it’s a place where the person pouring your beverage is often the person who created it. And Woodinville’s West Valley District offers panoramic views not only of Sammamish River Valley, but also of Woodinville’s rich past and new frontier.
In addition to these separate and varied experiences, Woodinville also offers numerous civic events designed to bring the community together, including a summer concert series held at DeYoung Park; an annual Besset Bash parade/All Fools’ Day celebration; and the Woodinville Lights Festival, a month-long celebration in December.