If you live in the Spokane area, you’re likely familiar with the various local hiking options. After you’ve hit your favorite trail, visit these Spokane wineries for a taste of wines from around the region.
- Barrister Winery—This Spokane-based winery has two tasting locations, including one located downtown. Author’s Pick: 2015 Sangiovese.
- Terra Blanca—Located in the historical Chronicle Building, this tasting room has a nice outdoor patio to relax on after a hike. Author’s Pick: 2014 Block 8 Syrah.
- Helix Wines—This tasting room with modern décor is located across from the Peacock Lounge. Author’s Pick: 2014 SoRhô, a blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Grenache.
- Va Piano Vineyards—Located inside the historical Davenport hotel, Va Piano has beautiful wines from Walla Walla and beyond. Author’s Pick: 2015 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Maryhill Winery—This tasting room has a stellar view of downtown Spokane and the Spokane River. Author’s Pick: 2017 Rosé of Sangiovese.
- Craftsman Cellars—Located in Kendall Yards, this winemaker is also a woodworker. A craftsman of wood and wine. Author’s Pick: 2014 Pinot Noir.
- Arbor Crest Wine Cellars—This historical site and wedding venue has a live summer concert series and view of the Spokane Valley. Author’s Pick: 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.
- The list goes on—visit the Cork District map online at Visit Spokane’s website for a complete list of Spokane wine tasting rooms. You can also try a wine bar, such as Nectar or Vino, to sample wines from a wider area. //
Lisa Laughlin is a runner and backpacker. She grew up on a wheat farm in central Washington and loves Washington wines. She wrote about rollerblading in the August issue of Out There.