Exploring Prosser Washington Wineries is one job I would always volunteer for. Imagine the charming West Coast town in the valley of the Yakima River, about three and half hour drive from Seattle or Portland, surrounded by hills covered by some of the best vine grapes in the country!
Prosser’s lush climate that is so good at growing grapes gave birth to 36 wineries (at the last count.) Small and big, most with adorable and very popular tasting rooms, Prosser Washington wineries are great fun to visit.
Just do not drive when you get there, the temptation to taste just about everything they offer you is too big.
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Wit Cellars is owned by the three friends who established their wine-making business in 2016 and moved to Prosser in July 2021 after taking over from Gamache Vintners. They produce a range of unique wines such as the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 WIT Cellars Red Blend, and the 2015 WIT Cellars Late Harvest Riesling.
Wit Cellars have two tasting rooms, one in the winery in Prosser and one in Woodinville, on 19501 144th Ave NE Suite A-400. Prosser room is open to visitors from Thursday to Sunday and Woodinville from Saturday to Sunday. Call for reservation.
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Pontin Del Roza Winery
Pontin Del Roza Winery is a family-owned and operated state-of-the-art winery established in 1984. The winery uses modern equipment but traditional wine-making techniques they have mastered through experience.
This thriving winery is spread over 100 acres where they produce varietals such as Malbec, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and others.
Visit their warehouse, the family farm, and indulge in tasting their exceptional wines in the charming, intimate tasting room.
14 Hands Winery
14 Hands Winery is inspired by the wild, tenacious horses which once roamed the area. They believe that this unique landscape that gave the wild horses their tenacity and spirit now gives the same to their vines.
Gravely soil and loamy sand that cover these hills work best with a strong, determined grapevine. The result is spectacular: big, bold, red wines and fruit-forward but crisp white wines.
Visit their winery and tasting room with a spacious lounge area, an elegant tasting bar, and a view of the working barrel room.
The tasting room is open Tuesday to Sunday by appointment.
Martinez and Martinez Winery
Martinez and Martinez Winery is a small boutique family-owned winery. They started working in the wine business in 1981 by planting a vineyard in Phinny Hill, renowned for producing some of the most exceptional wines in the industry.
After years of growing grapes, the Martinez family moved to making wines and sold their vineyard. You can visit their intimate winery and taste their exceptional wines in The Winemaker’s Loft. They are open every day from 11 am to 5 pm and 11 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday.
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Wayne Hogue planted hop in 1944 on his 1,700 acres farm. His sons, when they took over in 1982, decided to grow Riesling grapes instead.
Originally they were selling their grapes to other wineries in the area, but once they started experimenting with their own wine, they quickly gained confidence.
Today they produce 400,000 cases of excellent quality wine, using traditional techniques and years of experience. While they produce a range of different wines, the most popular are 2017 Hogue Riesling, 2016 Genesis Merlot and 2015 Genesis Meritage. They sell most of their wine online and through big distributors.
Thurston Wolfe Winery
For the last 30 years, Thurston Wolfe Winery has been producing consistently high-quality wine sourced at the best local vineyards and wine estates.
They produce about 7,000 cases of Dr. Wolfe’s Red – a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah blend, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and what they call PGV, a blend of Pinot Gris and Viognier.
Their huge tasting room with indoor and outdoor space has 30 feet of bar space and knowledgeable staff that will help you understand their wines. The views from the patio are spectacular and the days are almost always sunny – Yakima Valley has 300 days of sunshine in a year. So come and enjoy the wines, have a party, or treat a friend.
They are open from Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.
McKinley Springs Winery
The focus of McKinley Springs Winery is to produce the highest quality balanced and flavorful bulk wines. They started the business in 2002, but have behind them more than 80 years of farming and 40 years of making wines.
The winery is sourcing its grapes locally, from some of the best family-owned vineyards. They are internationally renowned today for a range of varietals such as Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Grenache, Malbec, Cinsault, Merlot, and many others.
Their tasting room in Prosser has been closed due to the pandemic.
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Coyote Canyon Winery
Located in south-central Washington State in the Horse Heaven Hills, Andrews Family has been taking advantage of the unique terroir and climate to produce Coyote Canyon Vineyard’s premium award-winning grapes since 1994.
They grow twenty-five different varieties of grapes in the 1,125-acre vineyard. Besides for their own wines, their grapes are also used to make some of the best-rated wines in the world.
They offer one of the biggest selections of Pacific Northwest “vineyard to bottle” varietals. They invite guests to taste their wines at their tasting room in Studio A of the Winemaker’s Loft in The Vintner’s Village in Prosser. You can also visit their Coyote Canyon Vineyards, just a short drive from the tasting room.
Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Alexandria Nicole Cellars is focused on producing small batches of high-quality hand-made wine using grapes from their Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard.
The 267-acre vineyard is located on the bluffs above the Columbia River, near Paterson, Washington. The climate and soils in this area allow grapes to thrive.
Growing their own grapes allows them to have complete control of all aspects of winemaking. They oversee the planting, growing, and harvest of the grapes. They do their own processing and bottling of small-lot, handcrafted wines.
The result is a range of superb wines that are constantly growing in reputation. You can taste them at five locations.
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Barrel Springs Winery
Founded in 2006, Barrel Springs Winery is dedicated to making small-lot wines using mostly their own estate-grown grapes. They produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, their own blend BS RED, Viognier a Viognier and Chardonnay blend, as well as Blushing Brook, a Rose of Cab Franc.
The winery is surrounded by a lush park and the view of the surrounding vineyards is spectacular. They are open to the visitors again, mostly outside on the patio and on the surrounding grass, and inside at 25 percent capacity.
While enjoying wine tasting and the wonderful nature, visit their art gallery, with the outstanding collection of sculptures by Jim Brousseau, paintings by a number of Western artists and unique birdhouses by Jim and Linda Brousseau.
Daven Lore Winery
Daven Lore winery has been established in 2005 in the heart of Yakima Valley, in the Horse Heaven Hills, just outside Prosser.
They started with reds but soon expanded to a wide selection of award-winning reds, whites, roses, and ports, now making 14 wines.
The winery and their tasting room located on-site are now open to visitors. Give them a call to make a reservation.
They also sell their wines at the Prosser farmers’ markets.
Mercer Wine Estates
Mercer Wine Estates takes pride in winemaking from grape to glass. This family-owned and operated vineyard and winery planted the first grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills in 1972. Their focus is creating a solid base for their Cabernet Sauvignon varietal.
The ability to grow exceptional wine grapes in the rich soil and desert climate of their vineyard resulted in the first vintage from Mercer Estates Winery in Prosser in 2005.
They are still producing their superb Cabernet Sauvignons as well as several world-class single varietal wines and red blends.
Their state-of-the-art winery in Prosser is equipped with temperature control and perfect conditions for fermentation. Their barrel rooms have space for long and diverse barrel-aging programs.
The Mercer tasting room in Prosser is open by appointment only.
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Milbrandt Vineyards Prosser
Butch Milbrandt planted grapes in 1997 in at the time unknown wine region in Eastern Washington, pioneering what is today a world-class wine producer. It soon resulted in establishing Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope, two of the best AVAs in Washington State.
Milbrandts today have almost 3500 acres of grapevines planted in the Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley, the Wahluke Slope, and Columbia Valley appellations.
The Milbrandt’s Evergreen Vineyard was named “Vineyard of the Year” by Seattle Magazine. More than 12 varietals have won “Best Buy” or “Editor’s Choice” awards by Wine Enthusiast.
Milbrandt’s wines are today available all over the country. They have three tasting rooms. Call for reservation.
Airfield Estates Winery
Started by the great-grandfather H. Lloyd Miller in1907, Airfield Estates Winery continued to thrive to this day as a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery, one of the best wineries in the state.
Airfield Estates produces some of the most respected wines in the state. Visiting the estate is a trip through history. You can see the original water tower, hangars, and other structures that were part of the property leased during World War II to the Olympia Air Transport Corporate Today,
Airfield Estates grows concord grapes on more than 350 acres and wine grapes on 830 acres. Their tasting room in Prosser is open every day.
Columbia Crest Winery
The first release was in 1984, Columbia Crest Winery’s quickly establishing them as one of the fastest-growing wineries in the country.
Columbia Crest Winery offers Grand Estates, hand-crafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines.
To make their Grand Estates wines, they combine superb artisan winemaking with grapes from the best vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The result is world-class wines of superb value and quality.
The quality of their wines is recognized widely with many awards. One of them was 2009 the Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine in the World,
The Columbia Crest tasting room is closed for the winter. It will open again in spring.
What started in 1999 with 3,000 cases of wine only, grew to the Kestrel Vintners state-of-the-art facility producing more than 35,000 cases a year. Kestrel Estates are certified organic.
Their 15,000 square-foot production area and flagship winery are all open to visitors. There is also a 13,500 square foot cellar, a 1,500-square-foot tasting room, a gift shop, a tank, a barrel area and a warehouse.
Kestrel Vintners mostly produces red wines. They are best known for their Malbec, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. They are also famous for Raptor Red, a Bordeaux-style blend, their pinnacle wine.
Kestrel Vintners have three tasting rooms. Check their opening hours.
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Desert Wind Winery
Established in 1994, Desert Wind is a family-owned and run southwest-inspired winery, vineyard and tasting room located on a scenic bluff overlooking the magnificent Yakima River. They also have luxury accommodation for an overnight stay, a gourmet restaurant and a spa.
Enjoy their rotating selection of wines in the indoor or outdoor tasting room. Learn about the wine-making process from their staff or book a tour of their state-of-the-art facility.
Desert Wind focuses on hand-crafted wines made of the grapes grown in their own vineyards in the Wahluke Slope AVA.
Desert Wind is open every day, offering seated flights, lunch, tours, private dining and private events. Making an advance reservation is recommended.
Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center
Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center in Prosser is not a winery. It is not a wine tasting bar and it is not a vineyard, but it is nevertheless one place you definitively have to visit during your exploring of Prosser Washington Wineries. This unique wine tasting and educational not-for-profit organization has been established to promote the culture, history, and industry of Washington wine.
The Center was opened in 2014. It has a 15,000 square-foot tasting room, event venue, wine shop and educational center used for teaching about Washington State’s wine and agriculture.
The Center offers a wine tasting experience that does not compete with local wineries. The tasting line-up switches between the Washington State’s 14 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and it changes every month.
After tasting, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday guests can stay for lunch prepared in-house. Check the menu on the Center’s website.
Prosser Wine Tours
Prosser Wine Excursions and Transportation Services
Margo, the owner and the guide of Prosser Wine Excursions, makes sure that you and your friends or family truly have the best time of your life exploring the wineries of the Yakima Valley Prosser, Zillah and Red Mountain area.
The cost is $65 per person. The excursion lasts four hours but you can easily extend it by paying $10 for each additional hour.
You might be interested in Margo’s “behind the scenes wine tour” to learn how wine is made at several wineries. You can also opt to visit the Vintners education program in Grandview.
Phone number: (509) 855-7525 | Website
Wineries Express offers small group (up to seven guests) wine tours with a local guide. The tour explores wineries in Yakima Valley, helping the visitors learn about the region, the wine-making process and the grapes growing in the region.
Phone number: (509) 654-9505 | Address: 115 S 2nd St Ste E Selah, WA 98942 | Website
There is probably no bigger pleasure for wine lovers than checking all the Prosser Washington Wineries in this fantastic wine-producing region.