Nestled in the heart of Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island is the perfect place to plan a wine tour. Located just a half-hour ferry ride from Seattle, it is easy to get to for a weekend getaway and is also an ideal day trip location. Bainbridge Island isn't just another wine region, it's part of the Puget Sound AVA which provides a unique growing climate for wines like Muller Thurgau, Siegerrebe and Melon de Bourgogne.
Winemaking on the island started small in the 1970s, with a single winery that used grapes grown locally on the island. Now, there are seven boutique wineries scattered across Bainbridge that provide incomparable tasting experiences—one of Washington's best-kept secrets! Each of the seven distinct wineries has a passion for making handcrafted wine, producing limited quantities from grapes grown both on the island and Eastern Washington.
Here is a short synopsis of each of the seven wineries. Which ones will you put on your list to try?
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Amelia Wynn Winery
This winery has a tasting room in downtown Winslow that also serves as an art gallery featuring local artists. New art is displayed at the tasting room gallery on the first Friday of each month during the "First Friday Artwalk"—a fun way to explore the town of Winslow while tasting delicious wines! Amelia Wynn Winery was awarded 26 medals for their wines, including more Double Golds than any other winery from the Seattle Wine Awards competition.
This vineyard is located on 7 acres of historic farmland. It is one of only two wineries that grow their grapes on the Island, which is why their motto is "100% island-grown, crushed and bottled." Bainbridge Vineyards' wine is exceptional and elegant. It is produced in limited quantities—approximately 1,200 cases annually— and its certified organic vines were planted in 1977.
Eagle Harbor Wine Co.
Eagle Harbor Wine Co. has been around since 2005, passionately crafting fine wines and applying old winemaking techniques to produce incredibly fine Bordeaux style reds. Of all the wineries on the island, Eagle Harbor has the newest building. They also often give tours of the new facility to tasting groups. If you're looking for a more unique or complex wine to try, definitely give this place a visit.
Eleven is the largest winery on Bainbridge Island. Here, it's not only about the wine you taste but also about the experience you have while tasting it. Every Saturday afternoon there is live music at their main facility, but Eleven also has a downtown tasting room as well. What makes this winery different is their offbeat varieties of wine including Mourvedre, Malbec, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Roussanne, Viognier, and a few others. They also produce dry rosé and dessert wines!
Fletcher Bay Winery
Fletcher Bay Winery is a truly unique boutique winery. It specializes in limited release, flavorful and full-bodied wines (red, white, and fruit wines). Here, they use the finest grapes from vineyards in Eastern Washington to craft their wine. What makes this place special? The tasting room is just steps from the Seattle Bainbridge Ferry, there is live music every Wednesday from 6-8 PM, and it is kid AND dog friendly.
This is a small vineyard (just 2.5 acres—the smallest commercial vineyard in WA state!) that specializes in fragrant, delicate, floral wines. With a mixture of new and old vine plantings, Perennial Vintners is known for its unique wine varieties including Melon de Bourgogne, Siegerrebe, Müller Thurgau and Lemberger. When you come to this winery for a tasting, you are treated like family. Vineyard owner and manager, Mike, will be the one pouring your wine. He will also gladly give you a tour and tell you all about the history of grape growing on the island.
Rolling Bay is a small, artisan winery that specializes in crafting small quantities of premium wine from grapes grown on Snipes Mountain, one of Washington State’s newest AVAs and oldest vineyards. Their winery and tasting room are located on the Northeast part of the island in the Rolling Bay area.