Touring and Tasting Behind the Scenes in Wine Country

Winery Tours at Gilbert Cellars Hackett Ranch- Yakima, WA

Touring and Tasting Behind the Scenes in Wine Country

July 24, 2019

August is Washington Wine Month! It’s the perfect time to sip under sunny skies in the Yakima Valley. Better yet, schedule a vineyard or winery tour and private tasting and explore behind the scenes in wine country.

Touring and tasting in Yakima Valley wine country takes you to the source, right where more than 50% of Washington’s wine grapes are grown. This is where you discover a farm to glass wine tasting experience. This is where you’re likely to find winemakers and growers ready to give you a warm welcome and share their passion and pride for the exceptional wines that come out of our beautiful corner of the world. 

Several Yakima Valley wineries offer visitors you the chance to immerse yourself in the craft of growing wine grapes and making fine wines. Tour the vineyards and the wineries with the winemakers, owners or growers and learn all about how great wines are made or enjoy guided tasting and sensory tasting experiences. These are a few of the Yakima Valley wineries currently offering tours and tasting or educational experiences. Check our wine country events for new experiences throughout the season.

Gilbert Cellars Hackett Ranch

Winery Experience

Enjoy a scheduled winery tour and tasting of selected wines. Learn about Gilbert Cellar wines and winemaking philosophy and enjoy a quiet afternoon among farmland and vineyards. You’re welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy after. When the setting sun casts pink shadows on the Ahtanum Ridge, our geological wonder to the south, there is no place more magical than the setting at Hackett Ranch.

Reservations are required with 48 hours notice via phone or email. Fee is due at reservation (refundable with three bottle minimum purchase). For reservations Call Via at (509) 249-9049 x7 or email

Tours are available April through September.

$25 per person for 2 to 9 guests.

$15 per person for 10 to 40 guests

Treveri Cellars

Premium Tour & Tasting

Treveri Cellars is Washington State’s premier sparkling wine house. If you’re interested in learning about what goes on behind the scenes, now you can! Guests will have the chance to interact with their winemakers, disgorge and take home their own bottle, and taste 4 reserve wines! Cost $50. This event is scheduled once per month. Check their website for availability.

Bonair Winery

Winery and Vineyard Tour

Enjoy a one-hour winery tour and see behind the scenes where and how wine is made. Explore where wine is stored in barrels or stainless tanks and then stored to be shipped. Learn about the process of destemming/crushing, pressing, fermenting and bottling.

Take a 1 ½-hour vineyard tour of the 35-acre estate vineyard during this 20-mile drive to see a dozen vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, where sunshine and water are turned into grapes for fine wines. Learn about water rights, irrigation, pruning, training, the Missoula Floods, soils, the geography and geology of the Rattlesnake Hills AVA and our desert ecology.

Email to reserve your tour or learn more.

Winery Tour: $10 per person (no charge for children)

Vineyard Tour: $20 per person, limit of 4

Paradisos del Sol

Vineyard Tour and Tasting 

Paradisos del Sol is a boutique winery in Zillah that is part of the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail. This tour is conducted by master winegrower and winery owner, Paul Vandenberg, who will discuss management strategies of his four vineyards and how he does it with zero pesticides. The tour ends with a wine tasting paired with tasting bites. Tours are on Sundays at 9 am.

$20 per person (group and student rates available)

Call 509-829-8000

Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Tasting Room and Vineyard Tour and Tasting

At the lovely Prosser tasting room, enjoy a private wine and food pairing and enjoy award-winning wines and stunning atmosphere with their knowledgeable team. Take a walk through the vines at the stunning estate vineyard on Destiny Ridge and savor a private tasting.

All private tastings and tours must be scheduled in advance, so please contact them at 509.786.3497.  

Columbia Crest Winery

Self Guided and Reserve Tours

At the winery in Patterson, WA, a complimentary tour is available any time during normal operating hours. Guests can grab a self-guided tour map and walk through the winemaking process from vineyard to finished bottle.

Reserve Tours will give you a behind-the-scenes look into Columbia Crest’s winemaking process. Learn how quality, heritage and innovation of grape growing and winemaking go into every bottle of Columbia Crest wine. The knowledgeable staff will lead you through the production facility and culminate the tour in the Le Petit Chai Barrel room, where you will sample wines from their Reserve tier.

Reserve Tours: $25 per person, $20 for wine club members.

An appointment is required for this experience, so please call 509.875.4227. 

Desert Wind Winery

Vineyard to Glass Tour and Seated Tasting Experience

Enjoy a leisurely, in-depth tasting which includes a winery tour and seated tasting led by one of Desert Wind’s wine educators. Guests receive a behind-the-scenes look at winery operations, including a walk through vineyards where the history of the Columbia Valley, the Wahluke Slope and Desert Wind viticulture practices is discussed.Next, you’ll enjoy a full, seated tasting flight of their small lot wines, expertly paired with a fine selection of hors d’oeuvres. From vineyard to glass, this experience will broaden your knowledge of Washington wine and provide you with valuable tools to pair Desert Wind wines in your own kitchen. They welcome groups of 2 to 8 people for this tasting experience.  The experience lasts approximately 90 minutes.

$40 per guest

Offered 10 am and 12 pm

Call (509) 786.7277 to reserve your experience.

Domanico Cellars

Vineyard Tour

Domanico is a small, family-owned and operated winery in the heart of Prosser’s thriving wine country. Previously known as the Carter Family Vineyard, the Domanico family purchased the 8.66 acres of mixed small blocks vineyards in North Prosser in 2012. The owners/winemakers can usually be found working hard amongst the vines. They love giving tours of their beautiful vineyards.

Come take a stroll each Friday from 11:30-12:30 pm alongside winemaker and vineyard owner, Jason Domanico. This is a free event. Call (206) 465-9406 and schedule a tour.

Mercer Wine Estates

The Prosser Tasting Room is the flagship tasting room of Mercer Wine Estates, attached to their winery in the heart of Washington wine country. Call ahead to arrange a tour of this amazing, state-of-the-art production facility while you sip on their fine wines.

Call 509-786-2097.

Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center

The Clore Center is a gem in the heart of Yakima Valley Wine Country. They offer tasting and educational experiences for everyone from new wine lovers to aficionados. Interactive exhibits tell the story of the growth of the wine industry in the Yakima Valley. They also offer tastings of wines from a different AVA each month.

Walter Clore Tribute: Learn about the Father of Washington Wine while you taste and explore some of the best wines Washington has to offer. View a selection of Dr. Clore’s carefully cataloged slides that have been enlarged, framed and backlit to highlight his years of research, including his handwritten notes detailing dates, vineyards, and research.                                                                      

The Rolling Hills Exhibit: Here the stories of the people and the history of the land. Two multimedia touch screens allow for interactive and updateable content, and topics include crops across Washington, climate, topography, water, a look at wine grapes and juice grapes, and a glimpse inside the winemaking process.

Map of Washington’s American Viticulture Areas: Each AVA is depicted on the map, helping visitors connect to where the wine they are enjoying originated, and leave better educated about character and characteristics of each growing region.

Tucannon Cellars 

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of this boutique winery that exemplifies the word “handcrafted.” From grapes picked by hand and crushed manually, to vat knockdowns still done by hand, no machinery is used in any step along the way with this traditional French method of producing wine. Take the virtual tour now and come see for yourself when you visit the Yakima Valley.          

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