Vancouver, Washington is uniquely positioned between two of the most renowned wine regions in the world — Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley. Wine lovers in the city can sample some of the region’s best wines, available by the flight, glass or bottle, without even leaving downtown Vancouver.
Thanks in large part to the city’s new Waterfront complex, there are several wine tasting rooms and wine bars in Vancouver to choose from. Here, you can sample a flight of the winery’s best wines or order a glass of your favorite variety. Plus, many are overlooking the river, which means you can enjoy exceptional views while you sip.
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Since 1999, the family-owned Maryhill Winery has created premier Washington wines in the Gorge. And in 2019, Maryhill Winery launched a brand–new tasting room along the Waterfront, adding to their roster of tasting rooms elsewhere in the state, including their flagship tasting room upstream in Goldendale. Their inviting, 4,890-square-foot tasting room includes an expansive patio overlooking the water and an exclusive members-only Club Room. The $20 tasting fee may be applied towards a $30 purchase.
New to the wine scene in Washington, Valo Cellars is an emerging winery making its debut on the Waterfront! Their wines are designed to showcase the purity of Washington grapes, and the team focuses on Bordeaux and Rhône variety wines, in addition to Burgundian-style Chardonnays. Valo creates Pinot Noirs from both sides of the Columbia Valley as a unique way to compare and contrast the two state’s versions of Pinots. Head to their tasting room on the Waterfront to sample a five-wine tasting flight, enjoy a full glass pour, purchase a full bottle, or order a meat and cheese plate.
Airfield Estates is a family-owned and -operated winery and vineyard located in the heart of the Yakima Valley. As the name implies, Airfield Estates has a rich aviation history, as a portion of the property once operated as a training base for hundreds of Army Air Corps pilots during World War II. Today, you can taste their well-balanced wines at their new Vancouver tasting room, which nods to the winery’s history with an antique farm sign and historic photos. Sip on wines named after vintage aircrafts, such as Dauntless, Hellcat and Lightning.
In the spring of 2020, Brian Carter Cellars opened their second tasting room in the state of Washington. Their modern, 1,200-square-foot tasting room and wine bar on the Waterfront serves a rotation of tasting flights from their award-winning wines, plus a selection of curated small plates. Here, members and non-members alike can purchase Brian Carter’s wines by the bottle or sample a selection with the tasting menu. Winemaker Brian Carter has a passion for making exemplary European-style blends from Washington’s unique terroir, resulting in wines that are balanced and well-rounded.
The Barnard Griffin story began in 1983 with some borrowed grapes and a rented cellar. And ever since, it has evolved into one of the state’s most enduring and award-winning wineries, focused on quality, consistency and character. The family-owned winery opened their first satellite tasting room at the Vancouver Waterfront, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are encouraged but not required and the $15 per-person tasting fee is waived with the purchase of two bottles.
SuLei Cellars has been women-owned and -operated since 2007. The boutique winery is a combination of two people’s passion for wine and a desire to share that with others. SuLei sources grapes from Walla Walla to the Yakima Valley and utilizes a combination of Old and New World winemaking practices to make high-quality, distinguished wines. You can taste their creations at the SuLei Cellars satellite tasting room in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Owned and operated by three families, Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars are two sister wineries that share a spectacular 1,370-square-foot space on the Waterfront. Both use traditional winemaking techniques and estate fruit from the Walla Walla Valley to create exceptional Bordeaux-style wines that have garnered a dedicated following. Sample wines from either — or both — of the wineries, in the modern, mid-century Danish interior or out on the outdoor patio in the heart of activity.
Established in 2010, Burnt Bridge Cellars was named after the creek that runs through the heart of Vancouver. Considered “Vancouver’s Urban Winery,” the winery operates out of a converted ‘30s-era auto garage in downtown, where they serve compelling wines in small lots from some of the best vineyards in the state. Burnt Bridge focuses on what Washington grows best: exceptional Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Tastings are just $10 for five pre-selected wines — or free for club members!
Coming Soon: Evoke Winery
Previously called Naked Winery, Evoke Winery believes wine has the power to evoke stories, laughter and good old-fashioned conversation. While the name has changed, the same commitment to excellent wine and service remains, at each of their three tasting rooms in Oregon. And in the near future, you can visit Evoke at the Vancouver Waterfront, too! This new wine bar will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Learn more about the newest Evoke tasting room here and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates!
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