With the Second largest wine industry in the US a wine industry that has increased over a billion dollars in a decade to three billion dollars, Washington’s Wine Industry is based on high quality hand crafted wines. And while its true that many locations around the world and the US try to brand their wines this way. Washington is uniquely able to do this because it has a long history of growing world class fruit including the famous Washington’s Apples. This is both because Washington is perfect for growing fruit with lots of sun in the summer as well as glacier and volcanic sentiment from a rich geological past Washington is the perfect environment for growing wine grapes. Further the families who are now running Washington’s Grape industry can still remember the roots of their farming pioneer spirit, for although they have a rich history of farming they can still recall the names of those who started it.
It is this combination of love of the land and perfect growing environment that makes Washington’s wine such a rich and wonderful experience. Despite its size Washington’s Wine Industry is still small compared to places like Napa Valley, making it much easier to explore on your own especially in the heart of Washington’s Wine Country. Places like Prosser’s Vintners Village for example include a dozen wineries all within a few blocks of each other, and another twenty within a 4 miles. With wonderful wine a self guided tour of the different aspects of Prosser’s Wineries is a rewarding experience.
There are a number of wineries one should be certain they visit on their self guided tour of the heart of Washington’s wine country, starting with the world famous Hogue Cellars, one of Washington States top wineries with a large friendly tasting room it is also close to a dozen or so other wineries at the Port of Benton. Desert Winds Winery is another nice winery, one you well see as you drive towards Hogue Cellars it also includes a small suite of rooms in which those visiting the area can stay, all done in the Southwest Style as a means of featuring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Thurston Wolfe was the 2007 Washington Winery of the year and is located in the Heart of the Vintners Village, making it the heart of the heart of Washington’s Wine Country, and its wine lives up to this, just as Prosser’s Wines live up to the name of the heart of Washington’s Wine Country making this the perfect place to begin your Washington State Self Guided Wine Tours.