Hold onto your corks, Eastsiders — Chateau Ste. Michelle may be headed out of town. Washington’s oldest + largest winery is pondering a sale of its massive, 118-acre property in Woodinville that includes offices, gardens, an amphitheater, and one of the region’s most prominent tasting rooms. Wait, we need a minute to digest this.
Saying goodbye to a Seattle area mainstay may be tough. | “Inside Amy Schumer” GIF via GIPHY
Okay, deep breaths. Nothing is fully fermented sales-wise, but the company definitely plans to move all of its white wine production to Eastern Washington. And if Chateau Ste. Michelle does end up taking everything else with it — lock, stock, and barrels — the impacts to the local wine scene could be huge. Let’s pour over some details.
Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Woodinville estate was built in the 1970s. | Photo by SEAtoday staff
We could build an epic bouncy house 🍷
No, seriously — there’s a lot you can do with all that acreage. However, over half of the Chateau Ste. Michelle site is zoned for residential use only, and the original Hollywood Farm(once owned by lumber baron Frederick Stimson) is on the National Register of Historic Places, which may limit potential development. Still, given the prime location in Woodinville, expect the asking price to be astronomical.
Glass half full 🍷
While losing the fancy Chateau would be a huge loss, the Eastside wine scene has developed in leaps + bounds since Ste. Michelle’s original heyday. Here are some more Woodinville names to know, if you’re looking for candidates to fill those grape-crushing shoes.
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Editor’s pick: I recently went to a tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle and will certainly miss it if its Woodinville days are numbered. I highly recommend you check out a concert there while you still can — tickets for an Aussie Pink Floyd cover band are still available for August. Since the actual band was my first-ever concert, I’ve got some nostalgia for that one. Raise a glass for true classics.
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