Many people that visit the tasting rooms around Woodinville are surprised to find out that the grapes used to make wine, in that bottle of wine they are drinking, come from Eastern Washington. Eastern Washington is Washington’s bread basket and agricultural center. Not only do Washington’s wine grapes grow in Eastern Washington but they grow right alongside the apples and cherries Washington is known for.
If you have never been to places like Yakima, Prosser and the Tri-Cities. Right now is an excellent time for a road trip because harvest is in full swing. Here are a few highlights from a recent visit to Prosser:
Pontin Del Roza Winery: Walk into the Pontin Del Roza tasting room and you may meet the winemaker, Scott Pontin, or one of his parents, Nesto or Delores. This is a classic, in the middle of the vineyard, multi-generational family, farmer, operation. A very welcoming and comfortable winery to linger and talk to the farmer/winemaker. Enjoy your wine outdoors on their recently finished patio. It’s picture perfect and surrounded by vines. Among their fine wines you will find Italian varietals like Sangiovese, Dolcetto and Pinot Grigio a nod to their Italian immigrant roots. The Pontin’s also grow other varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
Apples, apples and more apples. The farmers markets are full of local fruit picked that day.
Watch the big trucks move through the vines. This is a grape picker used to harvest concord grapes. Now is the time to see the farmers in action.
For more information about visiting Prosser: http://tourprosser.com/