Looking for a cure for your mid-winter cabin fever? Come visit the Yakima Valley to taste some fine wines and maybe even enjoy a glimpse of sunshine! In an area known for 300 days of sunshine a year, the odds are in your favor to catch a few rays. Last weekend, temperatures hit 40 degrees with the sun shining on our snow covered hills.
Choose from any of the 80+ wineries in the Yakima Valley open during the winter. Enjoy the cozy ambiance of the fireplace at Treveri Cellars as you sip sparkling wine – which you can even pair with an appetizer or two! Or are you looking for red wine? Owen Roe Winery offers delicious reds that you are sure to enjoy, plus we can’t forget to mention their beautiful winter vineyard view!
If you happen to have the kids with you, don’t hesitate to stop at Bonair Winery. They offer a shelf of toys for the little ones to play with and tables and chairs for the older kids to enjoy some video games. Outside is also a good place for the kids, with a large area that includes feeding the ducks and fish (food is always available just for the asking) and a friendly winery dog, Bung the Wonder Dog, who is mellow and happy around children! There is something for the whole family to enjoy!
The Clore Center offers a variety of delicious options in their Tasting Room throughout winter, including Wine Bites, which are available daily from 11-5pm. They also have Fresh Fare every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm. Fresh Fare features seasonal and local products, showcasing the bounty of Washington which is then paired with their wines from a different AVA each month. The menu changes frequently, check to see all the current wonderful eats they have to offer!
If you are looking for a complete getaway, Prosser has many wineries that are open daily during the winter including Airfield Estates, McKinley Springs, Milbrandt, Coyote Canyon, Desert Wind Winery, 14 Hands Winery, Hinzerling, Alexandria Nicole , Hogue Cellars, Kestrel, Pontin del Roza and even more! Check a few out – they all have different experiences to offer and could make for an adventurous day or even weekend!
Of course the wineries of downtown Yakima are always open too. Kana Winery features live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Feel free to bring in a meal to enjoy with their fine wines. In the Historic District on Front Street, Gilbert Cellars offers a relaxing atmosphere to sip on your wine while enjoying a gourmet cheese plate. You’ll also find Antolin Cellars, where there are comfortable seating areas available for conversations and eclectic art. You can also count on live music the first Friday of every month!
In addition, all wineries will open for Red Wine and Chocolate, which is the weekend of February 13-15, with some places even starting their festivities on February 12! Winemakers pair delectable confections with their premium red wine, setting the stage for romance in the beautiful Yakima Valley. Here’s a complete event listing!
For a complete listing of wineries Winter Hours please visit our website here.