Woodinville Wine Tasting Complex to Open Summer 2022 | News
Visitors flock to Woodinville for the long list of wineries and tasting rooms. And now, a new multi-winery destination will create a central hub of flavors from Mark Ryan Winery, Long Shadows Vintners, Fidelitas Wines and Latta Wines.
“Woodinville has become a vibrant community of wineries and tasting rooms with a growing foodie scene that offers something for everyone, from casual consumers to collectors,” said Dane Narbaitz, president of Long Shadows Vintners. “We’re really excited to be a part of all the continued growth and expanding our footprint here.”
The new tasting rooms are expected to open in the summer of 2022, Narbaitz said, coinciding with Long Shadows’ 20th anniversary this year.
Teatro ZinZanni, a circus dinner theater that started in Seattle, originally claimed the site. But plans changed due to the challenges of the pandemic, Narbaitz said. The Old Redhook Brewery previously occupied the space, which sits across from Chateau Ste. Michelle and next to Willows Lodge.
With the new vacancy, Narbaitz said, the building’s owner saw an opportunity to turn the site into a wine destination.
“The goal of our tasting rooms has always been to provide memorable and educational experiences that properly showcase the quality and history of our wines and Washington wines in general,” Narbaitz wrote in an e-mail. mail. “The new tasting room will allow us to do this in a more upscale setting while providing a higher overall experience for our guests and club members.”
He said the complex will feature modern industrial design elements such as steel beams, exposed concrete and wood finishes. The goal is to create “a very welcoming, attractive and comfortable space, not sterile or pretentious,” he said.
Long Shadows will occupy 7,400 square feet, a 60% increase from its current tasting room in Woodinville. Narbaitz said the winery plans to maximize the open design concept to double its seating capacity.
While nothing has been finalized yet, Narbaitz hopes to offer library tastings, wine pairings and wine dinners in two private, expandable rooms. Wine club members will have exclusive access to the rooms, he added.
On the main level, rolling doors will open to a tree-lined courtyard and outdoor patio. Narbaitz added that two small-group tasting rooms can be combined for a larger group. As guests proceed to the second floor, a covered and exposed deck space with overhead heaters will allow for year-round use.
Latta Wines has been on the hunt for unique and interesting flavors since entering the market in 2015, owner Andrew Latta said. The winery will strictly offer wine because “that’s what they do best,” he said.
“It’s just a great group of wineries to be around,” Latta said. “[Latta Wines] is one of the youngest vineyards in the region, so it’s a good opportunity for us.
The Latta Wines tasting room will cover 3,000 square feet, he said. Latta currently operates its wine production out of Seattle’s SoDo Urbanworks. He said the new location will provide more room for guests.
Charlie Hoppes, founder and owner of Fidelitas Wines, turned his passion into a decades-long career beginning in the 1980s before winemaking was as popular as it is today, according to the company’s website. He grew up in central Washington and worked on local farms and orchards during his summer vacations.
After a short stay in California, Hoppes returned to Washington. He was hired by Chateau Ste. Michelle in 1990, where he helped craft premium red wines, the website says.
During the winter of 1999, Hoppes decided to fulfill his dream of starting his own project, which turned into Fidelitas Wines.
The site’s plentiful parking situation attracted wineries to the location in the first place, said Mark Ryan, owner and founder of Mark Ryan Winery.
“Currently being in the neighborhood of Hollywood with possibly the most difficult parking on the planet, everything is going to be an improvement,” Ryan said. “I suspect parking will be much improved.”
Ryan was given the freedom to build the space from “the ground up” to create an edgy style while maintaining a polished look, he said.
“We’ve always had space issues in our existing space,” he said. “We’re going to be able to pull off some of the same elements that we’ve always worked with, like edgy rock posters and great rock photography. And then we have some cool motorcycles that we are going to unveil.
Mark Ryan Winery offers small snack options, but plans to rely on neighbors Barking Frog Restaurant and Willows Lodge for more elaborate food choices, Ryan said. Tastings will be booked by appointment at the new venue, he added.
Ryan also said he looks forward to working with the other three wineries.
“There is a mutual respect and friendship between all of us which should also allow for fun and collaborative events within the resort and grounds,” Narbaitz said.