Red Mountain and the Yakima Valley lie to the west and Walla Walla is a not much more than half an hour’s drive to the east. Location was cited as the deciding factor when Washington State University dedicated its new Ch Ste. Michelle Wine Science Center at its Richland campus.
While there are individually-situated wineries and tasting rooms in the area, visitors to this southeastern part of the state can experience the offerings of four separate wineries all in one location--the Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village in Kennewick. The facility is located on East Columbia Drive, just north of Kennewick’s downtown and close by Clover Island and the Columbia River. The adjacent Food Truck Plaza provides options that don’t burden the winery tasting operations with the distractions of running a restaurant as well as pouring their wines and educating their visitors. Four wineries—Bartholomew, Gordon Estate, Monarch and Muret-Gaston—are currently welcoming tasters at the Wine Village.
Though the concept seems to be taking quite a while to approach its potential, wine tasters will find Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village worth a visit now. For more information visit https://www.portofkennewick.org/projects/columbia-gardens/