When you come to the Yakima Valley to go wine tasting, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. After all, there are over 120 wineries within 60 miles of each other. But if you want to hit as many wineries as you possibly can while you’re in town, then visiting Prosser is the way to do it! Just one hour south of Yakima on I-82 East, you’ll find nearly 30 wineries to explore, all of which are just minutes (and even steps!) away from each other!
Vintners Village houses a dozen wineries in seven huge, beautifully constructed building;gs all located within two blocks of each other. Each of these buildings are very unique Airfield Estates Winery is built in a style reminiscent of an airplane hangar and control tower, Thurston Wolfe has a modern industrial vibe, Milbrandt and the Winemaker Loft (housing McKinley Springs, Coyote Canyon and others) have a Tuscan flair. Many of these wineries are estate wineries with vineyards located in the Horse Heaven Hills, (where 25% of WA wine grapes are grown) along the Rattlesnake Hills and Waluke Slope. The Winemakers Loft wineries sponsor Saturday evening Summer Concerts thru September 24th. You can even stay overnight within walking distance at the Best Western Horse Heaven Inn or bring your RV to camp at Wine Country RV Park and walk a few blocks to the wineries and Saturday concerts.
PLACES TO SIP AND STAY
Several wineries feature unique accomodations that can wine tasting even easier. Desert Wind Winery offers four exclusive guestrooms in their Southwestern style winery, and is steps away from The Walter Clore Center, 14 Hands Winery, Hogue Cellars, Alexandria Nicole, and Mercer Estates. Hinzerling Winery at the Vintner’s Inn, built in1905, offers two rooms and is just minutes away from this group of wineries. If you want to get out of town and surround yourself with vast acreage of vineyards, then book one of Alexandria Nicole’s Tiny Houses in the Horse Heaven Hills.
WINERIES WITH A VIEW
Want to go wine tasting with sweeping vineyard views? Stop at Pontin del Roza, Barrel Springs Winery or VineHeart Winery and take in the wonderful scenery. Every Friday at Pontin del Roza you can relax playing Bocce Ball and enjoying a bottle of their fine wine. Barrel Springs Winery features an art gallery and VineHeart Winery is located on a small hill with an amazing view of the valley.
It can be hard choosing which winery to visit with so many options, but knowing the types of wine each winery offers can help make the decision a little easier. Stay a few days to visit these wonderful wineries in the small town of Prosser, and save the driving for the trip home.