MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Puget Sound Appellation Trip
[This was written as an email reply, April 2001. The requestor
was specifically looking to visit the family owned and operated
wineries that produce locally grown wines in the Puget Sound
area. (Detailed info. on the Puget
In general, I'd suggest looping from Seattle to the North, across the
Sound, then back down the Penninsula. Due to the distances and number of
wineries, you'll need several nights away.
There are plenty of wineries in the Puget Sound area that produce
wines from Eastern WA grapes -- are you planning on visiting them as
well? The PS Appell. wineries are (in no particular order) Mt. Baker,
Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island, Lopez Island, San Juan (Vineyards,
not Cellars), Black Diamond, Hoodsport, Salishan. (Am I missing
somebody?) I will mark the PS Appell. wineries with boldface.
Following is a compressed schedule getting you to the PS
Appell. wineries. Each day you'll be driving from 140 to 240 miles --
you'll spend at least 4 hours driving. Visit my Directions page for
each of the specific winery pages for detailed driving directions
including ferry schedule links.
Start by going North to Mount Baker
Vineyards. (You may be able to squeeze in a stop at Pasek Cellars in Mt. Vernon.) If you can
get a morning appt. at Mt. Baker, you ought to be able to make it back
down to Anacortes, then catch a
Anacortes ferry to San
Juan Island Vineyards, then Lopez Island Vineyards. (I'm
jealous -- never had the time to make it to either of these myself --
maybe this year...) Especially during the summer (ferry waits),
that's all you can make that day.
Back to the mainland on the ferry. From Anacortes, go South across
Deception Pass to Whidbey Island
Vineyard. (There's also Greenbank Farm and
Greenbank Cellars). From there,
double back up the island a little ways to the Port Townsend ferry.
Once on the Penninsula, you have to drive all the way out to
Black Diamond Winery. On
your way back to civilization, you can stop at
Sorensen, but you probably can't make
them all in a day due to the drive.
Hoodsport Winery is next,
simply come straight down the Penninsula. Including the time to get
back to Seattle, this is the entire day. Continue south then East
towards Belfair. North past Bremerton, back South through Poulsbo to
Vineyards. Home to Seattle that night.
Day 3 (alternate A):
Skip the Hoodsport Winery
winery itself, and instead visit their Tacoma tasting room at a later
date. Go South from Port Townsend to
Day 3 (alternate B):
Go straight home from Hoodsport
Winery, and make Bainbridge Island Vineyards
a trip all by itself. It makes for a nice ferry trip from downtown
Seattle and is much more enjoyable that way. Be sure to make Gerard's
Sunday afternoon vineyard tour.
Due south on I5 to Salishan
Vineyards. This trip can be entirely seperate as it's just
the other way entirely. You go by
Ambrosia by Kristy,
Rainey Valley, only a few of which you
could stop at on a given trip due to the distances.
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