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The Best of Washington’s Wineries

No trip to the Gorge would be complete without a visit to one of its dozens of wineries. Classic, charming, and a perfect afternoon outing, many of Washington’s wineries are ranking best in class among the Pacific Northwest wine region.

Maryhill is at the top of our list, as it is one of the most scenic winery properties in the Gorge. Located on the Washington side of the Columbia River, Maryhill is perched high on a bluff with unobstructed views. Voted 2009 Washington Winery of the Year, there’s something for everyone. Aside from providing one of the best scenic views, Maryhill offers a seemingly endless list of summer and spring activities, including outdoor concerts, art exhibits, and fabulous meals. There is never a shortage of things to do and see.

Our next stop is Waving Tree, which sits just below the famed Stone Hedge Memorial along the Columbia River.  Their location offers one of the longest growing seasons in eastern Washington. Aside from having fantastic wines, this winery also offers a plethora of activities, including an open-to-the-public Fall Harvest. Join the fun and pick your own grapes!

Further east sits Cascade Cliffs Vineyards and Winery. Offering primarily reds, Cascade Cliffs specializes in the classic Piedmont varietals (Barbera, Dolcetto, andNebbiolo) of northwest Italy, as well as popular French varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Their philosophy is simple: a profound respect and honor for our natural surroundings will produce equally profound wines.

The company here is refreshing and relaxing, and the information is substantial. This winery has been noted for its excellence in numerous publications and periodicals. Make sure to catch this vineyard’s annual Summer Solstice party.

Columbia Gorge wine growers are an elite group of grounded individuals who make it their priority to ensure your tasting and dining experience exceeds your expectations. This dedication to service is consistent among our guests’ experience, and for this we proudly salute these small business owners and enjoy referring their venues and serving their wines in our cabins.

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