Like the name implies, the Tri-Cities is made up of three cities, Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. When I first got my start in the Washington wine industry, the Tri-Cities winery region was home to some of what were then “big players”; Bookwalter, Gordon Brothers, Powers & Badger Mountain, Tagaris and Preston Premium Wines. These are the wineries from the early grape growers in our state. Now the competition is fierce and the industry much more saturated, but many of these wineries, steeped in our rich agricultural history, have changed with the industry and are better than ever. Yes, the Tri-Cities is a central hub to other wine regions such as Red Mountain, the Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla. There are plenty of hotels here, some dining, and other activities (check out the Columbia River Tour) making it ideal for large groups.

In Eastern Washington. A great collection of wineries along with suitable restaurants and hotels that make this a great central place to call home for a few nights while you visit wine country. You’ll find about 17 wineries around the Tri-Cities, but it’s also close to Red Mountain and Walla Walla, making it ideal as a central location to stay overnight and branch out to other regions. Plan about 4 hours from Seattle.