When we were in Seattle, we made a journey to Kirkland, Washington via a toll bridge to see Nicole and Josh, my friends from college. They invited us to meet them to catch up & meet their adorable son Ethan. After we got a tour of their house and talked a while, Nicole asked if we would be interested in going to a winery tour. Everyone that knows me, knows that you don’t have to ask twice to get me to drink wine!
We took a short drive to Chateau Ste Michelle. The grounds were really pretty and I even encountered a peacock running around the property.
Once we got inside the winery, we checked in and were told the next tour was leaving in 15 minutes. The best part about the tour was that it was free! If there is anything that I love more than wine it is anything that is free! The tour was 35 minutes long, really informative and also child friendly. Our tour guide explained how the wine is made and how they create the different varietals of wine. When the tour was done we went to the tasting room where they poured us tastes of a few different wines, Nicole’s son Ethan even got some non-alcoholic grape juice. We didn’t end up purchasing any wine, even though we enjoyed it, as we were did not want to check our bag for our flight home.
There are additional winery tour options beyond the free one that we took. These range in price from $10 – $100 per person. From what I can gather, the biggest difference is the price of the wines that you will be tasting.
If we were to go back, I would try and piggyback our trip to a concert through the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Concert Series. They book some pretty big names, the prices are reasonable and the backdrop for the concert is beautiful.