Local enthusiasts and out-of-town visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to tasting rooms. Woodinville is home to the highest concentration of 90+ point production wineries in a square mile, the greatest concentration of top wineries anywhere in the world.
The majority of Washington’s vineyards are east of the Cascade Mountains. Contrary to Seattle’s reputation as a rain-soaked city, Eastern Washington is actually a semi-arid desert with high summer temperatures. Of the state’s 14 AVAs, 13 of them are east of the Cascade Mountain range.
NAMES TO KNOW
Bob Betz, MW (Betz Family Winery) is one of only 356 Masters of Wine in the world. In addition to earning the distinguished degree, he received two additional awards: the Villa Maria Award, for the highest scores on the viticultural exam, and the Robert Mondavi Award, for the highest overall scores in all theory exams.
Mike Januik (Novelty Hill-Januik Winery) was named by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of 10 “Masters of Merlot” in the world.
NOTE: We would like to thank for the support of our attendance to IPW 2017 to the US Embassy in Bucharest, US Commercial Service.