Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington
State's oldest winery. Its history dates back to just after the repeal
of prohibition when Washington's bountiful fruit and berry harvests were
vinified to produce the Northwest's first wines.
By the 1950s, the company began planting classic vinifera grapes in the Columbia Valley, and buoyed by encouragement from wine writer Leon Adams and industry legend Andre Tchelistcheff, made its first varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle label in 1967.bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
The winery makes its white wines at the Woodinville, WA chateau. Situated on 87 wooded acres, the winery grounds - once the summer home of Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson - also serve as the company headquarters.
Chateau Ste. Michelle makes its red wines in eastern Washington at River Ridge Winery, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated exclusively to small lot production. Built in 1993 and situated on a steep slope overlooking the Columbia River, the winery is in close proximity to Chateau Ste. Michelle's best vineyards including Cold Creek, Indian Wells and, of course, Canoe Ridge Estate.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few
premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art winemaking operations,
one devoted to whites, another to reds. Erik Olsen leads the
white winemaking team at Chateau Ste. Michelle's Woodinville winery,
15 miles northeast of Seattle. Ron Bunnell directs the red winemaking
team at River Ridge Winery in the south-central Columbia Valley.
Chateau Ste. Michelle offers complimentary cellar tours and wine tastings at our Woodinville winery 15 miles northeast of Seattle from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with the exception of Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Tours begin on the hour and half-hour and last approximately 40 minutes. No appointment is necessary.
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