Tri-Cities Wash. — The Boutique Adventurer is one of many who are naming Tri-Cites and surrounding area wineries among the top 26 in the state of Washington for 2022.
Leaders from Visit Tri-Cities say, a big part of the wine culture locally, is because this is the place where the grapes actually grow, saying not only can you taste the wines, you can walk through vineyards, and talk to the people who are making the product here in our area.
Leaders say the market for wine connoisseurs has continued to grow all over the nation, and that our wineries fill that need for quality wine that our state is known for. WA Wine says there are just over 1,000 wineries, 400+ grape growers, and 60,000+ acres of wine grapes, and that Washington is the 2nd largest producer of wine in the United States.
Visit Tri-Cities Leaders note that 236 of those, are right here in our backyard, and within only an hour's drive. They say, if you want to stay in town, places like the Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village are a great place to go. The spot features Monarcha & Bartholomew Wineries, and a variety of food trucks and vendors on site daily.
Leaders also say that almost 80% of all the grapes for those Washington wines are grown right here in Benton and Franklin Counties.
Local Tourism Leaders say that the Tri-Cities finds itself in a prime spot for wine enthusiasts to stay centrally, and have a variety of locations to choose from, with an array of different experiences in any direction you might wander.
Kim Shugart, Senior Vice President of Visit Tri-Cities, says. "As people are starting to think about the holidays and things that they may want to do, giving an experience is really a good thing to do, and there's lots of things. Whether it would be Red Mountain Trails, where you can ride horseback, and enjoy wines in that area, you can buy gift certificates, or even wine experiences. Some of our wineries offer blind tasting or mystery wine experiences."
With the holidays quickly approaching, you can find more information about some of our local wineries, as well as Visit Tri-Cities here. They've even compiled a map of most of the wineries in the Tri-Cities, you can find that here.