State Route 202 runs through the heart of Woodinville wine country.
Chateau Ste. Michelle's decision to build in Woodinville was a catalyst for the development of this wine country. Originally founded in 1934, a group of investors bought the winery in 1974 and wanted to moved the bulk of the sales and marketing operation to the western side of the Cascade Range where the majority of the state's population resides. The winery then split up its wine making facilities, bringing the white wine production to Woodinville. This decision was also facilitated by the difficult commute through the mountain passes to Eastern Washington during the winter months, after the grapes have been harvested and the wine needs to be monitored and observed for the development of wine faults. Today the winery and tasting room host over 200,000 visitors a year.
The Passport to Woodinville event is usually held in April and provides the public with an opportunity to sample many of the area wineries for a single fee. Participants receive a passport filled with labels and information, a glass and a unique opportunity to tour many local wineries which are not regularly open to the public. The 2008 event involved a record 31 wineries.
The Saint Nicholas Day Open House is a similar event typically held during the first weekend in December.
Wine Group takes new name. (News Briefs: Events).(Cascade Wine Group now Woodinville Wine Country)(Brief Article)
Feb 01, 2003; Woodinville Wine Country is the new name of the former Cascade Wine Group. The decade-old association of wineries and tasting...