Still looking for something to do this holiday weekend? Head on over to Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville where the 50th anniversary celebrations will continue this weekend. The weekend will celebrate the newly renovated Visitor Center September 2nd and 3rd.

20170809_SMWE_1008_72dpiThe Grand Opening Celebration for the winery’s new visitor center will take place over Labor Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The weekend will be full of fun happenings, including:

  • The Vintage Reserve Brunch, where visitors will enjoy mimosas and culinary delights from executive chef Janet Hedstrom and her team
  • Public tours of the winery, including its new Visitor Center
  • A dozen food trucks of all varieties throughout the day
  • Live music on the Front Lawn and Main Stage
  • A meet-and-greet with the award-winning team of winemakers, who will be onsite to showcase the BLEND Room and sign bottles in the new theater

In a year when the company is celebrating many milestones over its past 50 years, the new visitor center represents a significant investment for the company, totaling $7 million, and a look towards the next 50 years of continued innovation.

“The opening of the new visitor center represents the next chapter in Chateau Ste. Michelle’s growth and will dramatically enhance our ability to offer world-class wine experiences for decades to come,” said Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “The center offers new wine experiences for visitors, whether they want to enjoy a flight in our private tasting salons, take a guided tour of the winery, blend their own bottle of wine or attend special programs in our theater.”

20170809_SMWE_1149_72dpiAt 22,731 sq. ft., the renovated site is double the size of the winery’s previous tasting room. The winery – which is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – will allow guests to enhance their wine knowledge as they learn about Chateau Ste. Michelle’s rich heritage, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of winemaking, and see what makes Washington’s Columbia Valley such a premier grape growing region.

The new visitor center features:

Interactive Blending Room
Be a winemaker for a day! Guests will be able to create their own red wine blend while discovering different varietals and their attributes! Whether a connoisseur or a novice, this unique, hands-on journey starts with exploring and mixing five different wines from the award-winning vineyards. Taste, blend, then do it all again, until it’s just right. Complete the experience by creating a custom label for the bottle, then take it home to share with family and friends. Accommodates up to 20 guests. Approximately 90 minutes. Prices begin at $125 per person.

Washington’s Best Tasting Room
Taste select wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle’s vast portfolio, including wines only available at the winery. Also choose from a selection of gourmet cheeses and other supplies as the perfect accompaniments for a picnic at the Chateau. Tasting bar flights begin at $10 per person.

Col Solare Bottega – A Taste of Red Mountain
During each 45-minute appointment, guests will learn about the past, present, and future of Col Solare, featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle’s partnership with Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori. Prices begin at $20 per person.

Four private tasting salons, a modern 80-seat theater and a restaurant style kitchen
Within the newly designed private tasting salons and modern 80-seat theater, Chateau Ste Michelle will host a variety of wine tastings, wine and culinary classes and guest speakers – complete with a restaurant style kitchen for a fully immersive culinary and wine experience. On an ongoing basis, guests can expect a full curriculum of fun and informative classes, designed by Chateau Ste. Michelle’s wine educator Linda Chauncey. For more details on the above programs and additional activities, pricing information, and booking please visit ste-michelle.com

The new visitor center also includes a Vintage Reserve Club lounge dedicated for the winery’s wine club members and an Eroica-themed tasting salon featuring ancient wine artifacts from the collection of German winemaker and Eroica partner Ernst Loosen.