Although California is America’s biggest destination for wine enthusiasts booking airline deals, the Golden State’s northern neighbor has recently become an internationally renowned wine region. Although vineyards barely existed in Washington until the 1980s, the area now produces award-winning wines of all kinds. Many of these wineries are incredibly accessible from the city of Seattle for visitors who can rent a car or get a space on a tour bus. Woodinville Wine Country, home of the famous Chateau Ste. Michelle and over 80 other wineries, begins just seventeen miles from the city center. Lush vineyards, impressive wines and scenic countryside are all at your fingertips. Find the best airline tickets for cheap flights to Seattle today and plan your time in Washington’s wine country.
The wineries of Woodinville are mainly located in the fertile Columbia Valley, making the area a popular spot for fans of the outdoors checking out flights to Seattle. Stroll along the Sammamish River Trail or enjoy horseback riding, bike tours and hiking trails, or even a hot air balloon ride. Washington is especially known for its Pinot Noir, but the state produces an incredible variety of wines including reds like Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux blends, and whites such as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery industry began to blossom in 1976 with the opening of Chateau Ste. Michelle, the region’s oldest winery and a major Seattle area attraction. The Chateau received Wine Enthusiast’s “American Winery of the Year” 2004 award. The sandy, gravelly soils and long, warm summer days provide ideal conditions for many wine grapes. From large-scale wineries with up to 30 wines available to boutique wine estates with just a few specially crafted wines, there are wineries of all shapes and sizes here in Woodinville. Staff can assist you in the tasting rooms where you’ll be allowed to choose from a selection of wines. Tastings are usually very inexpensive and sometimes even free.
Every year more than half a million visitors flock to this picturesque wine region on flights to Seattle with international airlines. With over 80 wineries within half an hour of Seattle, you’ll love Woodinville Wine Country - and your taste buds will love the variety of well-crafted wines. Check the Woodinville website for upcoming events at area wineries, like concerts and harvest festivals. Most wineries are open year round from 11am to 5pm, and many have cafes on the premises or sell artisan cheeses, chocolates and other snacks. Some have their own picnic areas so guests can bring a light lunch and purchase a newly tasted wine to go with it. Find the best fares and airline deals now on cheap tickets to Seattle and indulge in Washington’s wonders.