Here's your guide to an up close and personal view of the plump and plush grapes before they are plucked off the vines to be crushed + tips on how to catch your crush on THREE Red Mountain patios this harvest.
Stop 1 | Cooper | 35306 N. Sunset Road, Benton City, WA 99320
You can't get much closer to the vines and the crush pad than a seat on the barrel inspired patio furniture at Cooper. This estate winery, in celebration of its 10th year is super intimate, casual and fun. Cooper (named after owner/winemaker, Neil Cooper) specializes in making Bordeaux varietals, with a few fantastic nontraditional surprises once in a while. Club members love the Carmenere, among other wines and the family feel of the winery. Here's what one fan had to say about his experience at this family owned winery.
"We have visited over 100 wineries in WA and Cooper takes the cake as the best in the state. Amazing, rich wines worth every penny. Customer service is excellent and they make you feel like you're part of the family. Cooper puts his heart and soul into his wine, and it shows."
- Drew Geiger
With current releases of red wines like flagship L'inizio, Cabernet Franc, Barrel Maker Red, C4, Carmenere, and white wines like Estate Viognier and Chardonnay, you have more than a few choices for small lot hand crafted "authentic" wines.
Call/text 509 588 2667 or email email@example.com for an appointment or questions.
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Stop 2 | Frichette Winery | 39412 N. Sunset Road, Benton City, WA 99320
Prepare to be welcomed with a gigantic smile and a splash of wine even before you are seated at Frichette Winery. This family owned winery is situated in a remodeled pole barn and is surrounded by vineyard, creating a cozy and cool vibe. Owners/winemakers Greg and Shae Frichette make a small amount of wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec and Blends. They make only one white wine, Semillon. See what one fan shares about Frichette:
"Greg and Shae are the most wonderful hosts of any I’ve found at any winery in the area. I live in the Red Mountain district and have visited most of the wineries around, loving wine as I do. This couple go above and beyond to make any experience at their winery pleasant, enjoyable, and fun! They are so welcoming, and they make amazing wines! I recommend this winery wholeheartedly!! ❤️" - Valerie Feth
Enjoy a seat on the patio where you are so close to the crush activities, you can smell the grapes. Join the wine club for access to smaller lot wines and book the Private Concierge Experience for a one on one guided tour of the property by one of the engaging Wine Edutainers.
Call/text 509 426 3227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment or questions.
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Stop 3 | Hightower Cellars | 19418 E 583 PR NE, Benton City, WA 99320
With thoughtfully grown, meticulously crafted wines, co-owners and co-winemakers Tim and Kelly Hightower are making bold wines that leave a perfect and memorable lasting impression. Making wines over 20 years, this husband wife duo can be found in the tasting room most weekends, serving their wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a Blend and more. They make a beautiful rosé perfect for every season. Hightower Cellars is nestled among the vines, with a view of Red Mountain and Benton City from the patio. Here's what one fan had to say:
"Best wine, people and view on Red Mountain. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sunset on their patio." - Matt Pope
Enjoy the view of their Estate Vineyard from the patio, snack on bread made from a yeast starter from the vineyard then take home wines to enjoy right away or cellar.
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This is your perfect itinerary to Catch your Crush on Red Mountain. All three wineries are in the Red Mountain AVA and within blocks of each other off of the same road (Sunset Road). Visit, purchase wines and do post your pics of all three of these family owned wineries on Red Mountain.
Visiting or need a Staycation while catching your crush? Check out The Lodge at Columbia Point (use the code CORK for incentive pricing) and nosh on great fare at Foodies, Dovetail Joint, Fat Olives, Frost Me Sweet and Fiction @ J. Bookwalter. Book your personal driver to get you to these three wineries and more at TC Black.