Top Seattle Urban Wineries to Visit This Fall

With more than 30 urban wineries, Seattle has become a hub for local winemakers who made their hobby a business offering nice wines at affordable prices. Spread out throughout the city and with one-of-kind bottles, these wineries are an interesting, entertaining and educational way to spend your Saturday in the Emerald City.


Kerloo Cellars
The new SODO Urban Works is a wine collective comprising of six wineries. Start at Kerloo Cellars, a spacious winery with a great selection from Rhone to Syrah wines and varietals like Malbec and Grenache. Grab the limited edition 2015 100% Celilo Chardonnay from Columbia Gorge, a classic style and smooth Char that will go fast. Kerloo Cellars own the SODO Cellars label, a nice addition to their line of wines.

Structure Cellars
Pay a visit to Structure Cellars to try some approachable, fruity and food-friendly wines made by both owners and winemakers, Brian and Brandee. The 2014 Bartizan Bordeaux red blend is my favorite with great balance and elegance but you will also find an amazing "Bauhaus" Syrah and the "Craftsman" Cabernet.


Cloudlift's owner and winemaker Tom Stangeland became a winemaker later in life after a successful career in furniture making. His first experience with wine was in France years ago with a bottle of Chateau Neuf-du Papes. Today, Stangeland makes his signature wines that are European style classic and elegant but reveal the Northwestern terroir. Zephyr, a Southern Rhone-style blend of GSM (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) pairs nicely with red meat and the newly relished Lucy, a refreshing Canernet Franc rosé makes a good match for salmon.

Charles Smith Jet City
The largest urban winery in Seattle is located in the space that was formerly a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. It features two tasting rooms one with a local, Northwest feel and the second with a 60's vibe. Charles Smiths Wines offers a variety of labels from K to Charles Smith Wines, and Vino, Sixto, Wines of Substance, Charles & Charles and Secco Italian Bubbles. The Casa Smith line is one of the most interesting made with Italian varieties like the 2014 Porcospino Primitivo and Cervo Barbera. Raise your glass while listening to music and enjoying a view of the main runways of Boeing Field.


Hidden in an alley in the Roosevelt neighborhood, 8 Bells Winery Eight Bells Winery produces hand-crafted red and white wines in small quantities –only 2,000 cases a year. The winery uses grapes from Eastern Washington State and Western Oregon and organizes a few celebratory event throughout the year. Try the 2012 Red Willow Vineyard Merlot, a bold and smooth Merlot made with mostly Merlot grapes and small portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc.

For more information about the Seattle Urban Wineries, opening hours and events, visit their website. Most of the wineries offer wine club memberships as well.

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