MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Columbia Winery
14030 N.E. 145th, Woodinville, WA 98072-1248
Phone: 425-488-2776

Columbia 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon label
[Label collection: Beth Schoenberg]
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Spirit of Washington Wine Train label
Columbia Milestone label
Columbia building sketch
Columbia Millenium label
1985 Woodburne Chardonnay label
1989 Red Willow Cabernet label
Spirit of WA
Wine Train label
Merlot label
Building sketch
Millenium label
{poor image}
1985 Woodburne
Chardonnay label
1989 Red Willow
Cab. label
Columbia cork with URL
Columbia 1990 Syrah label
Shadow Hill 1998 Merlot label
Columbia 1998 Cab. label
cork with URL
1990 Syrah label
1998 Shadow Hill Merlot label
1998 Cabernet Sauvignon label
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In 1951 Lloyd Woodburne picked up winemaking as a hobby. Dr. Phillip Church, a meteorologist friend of Woodburne did extensive weather pattern and grape variety research, and they convinced a group of winemaker friends to buy five acres in Sunnyside. These 10 men individually produced their own wines from their portion of the vineyard. I believe they became a bonded winery in 1962.

In 1966, the wine writer Leon Adams visited and tasted some of Woodburne's wine and responded with great enthusiasm about its quality and he suggested they start a winery. A year later, Andre Tchelitscheff was served one of Woodburne's Gewurtztraminer wines with a salmon dinner and was enthralled. This was enough to push the group into a winery project.

In 1972 a 60 (80?) acre farm was purchased and two more stockholders were added. The initial planting of 25 acres was mostly destroyed over the first winter by abnormally severe weather.

The winery operated out of a small warehouse in Kirkland under the name of Associated Vintners as a communal weekend project until 1976 (Woodburne became the first full-time employee) when they moved to a much larger facility in Redmond and doubled their volume. The name was changed from Associated Vintners to Columbia Winery in 1984.

In 1988, they moved to yet a larger facility, a unique building erected a few years earlier for the failed Haviland Winery directly across the street from Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.

The Spirit of Washington Wine Train now stops at Columbia Winery.

In 1995, Columbia bought out Paul Thomas Winery, which at this writing no longer has any public tasting room, though the Paul Thomas wines are available for tasting at Columbia's tasting room. In March 1996, Columbia bought Covey Run Vintners, who have maintained their Zillah facilities. In 1997, they've acquired another winery, this one a very large one, 125k cases per year -- Chateau Ste. Chappelle in Idaho.
Sources: [TW-Purser]

The Wines: (Spring 1996)

Lloyd Woodburne
David Lake

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