Washington Wine Country: Tasting Yakima Valley

Scenic trails to wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries

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Yakima Valley, a scenic region with rolling hills and small towns in southeastern Washington State, has nearly 100 award-winning wineries and circa 1,000 acres of vineyards. Rich and unique flavors of the wide selection of wines originate from the volcanic soil and sunny, arid climate.

Choose a Home Base

A visitor favorite is Cherrywood Bed & Breakfast, where you stay overnight in teepees and travel by horse or the “Cowboy Limo” to three or four wineries along the way.

Follow the Trails

A detailed map guides you to area’s craft beverage sites, including wineries, attractions, and services. The Yakima Valley Spirits and Hops Trail offers various options for an itinerary for dedicated ‘hop heads’ and those interested in other craft beverages like cider and distilled libations.

Time Your Trip

Seasonal events and wine, beer, and other festivals are very common in the Yakima Valley.  Some of the most popular wine festivals include Spring Barrel Tasting (the last full weekend in April), Thanksgiving in Wine Country, and Red Wine & Chocolate (Presidents’ Day Weekend, close to Valentine’s Day). Taste local brews straight from the source at brewery festivals such as the Fresh Hop Ale Festival (October), Yakima Roots & Vines Festival (May) and the Yakima Blues and Local Brews Bash (June).

For maps and more information about Washington wine country, visit the Yakima Valley Tourism website.


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