Bethany Vineyard & Winery, Ridgefield

4.7
#45 of 121 in Wineries in Washington State
Walt Houser named his Ridgefield, Washington vineyard and winery after the love of his life: his wife, Bethany. Another great love of his is wine.

Bethany Vineyard grows 15 different varieties of wine grape, all of them suited to southwestern Washington’s cool climate. Bethany Vineyard wines include grapes from the vineyard, which wraps around the winery and tasting room. The other grapes used come from Eastern Washington and go into the making of cabernet sauvignon, Malbec, merlot, and syrah. Preferring to emphasize the taste of the grape, after just seven months in new oak, wine is transferred to older, neutral oak barrels.Then the wine remains in barrels for an additional two years or longer, depending upon the varietal. The result is handcrafted, premium wines, the number 1 seller is Bethany's pinot noir.

Inside the tasting room, visitors can see the barrels in the backroom, resting comfortably between racking. During the summer, music and wine lovers alike flock to the winery to enjoy “Music in the Vines” summer concerts featuring local artists. The performances take place next to the winery’s private lake, which is also the setting for many outdoor weddings, held with regularity on weekend



Directions: From I-5 take exit 14 and head east on SR-501 [Pioneer St.]. Road name changes to S. 65th Ave. Continue on S. 5th St. for 1 mile and turn right onto NE 10th Ave. and proceed about .25 miles. Turn left onto NE 259th St. and proceed 1.5 miles. Look for Bethany Vineyard & Winery on the right.
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  • Loved the gorgeous setting for this winery. Various areas for sitting by the lake or playing with the family on the grass. There is a lovely dock with tables and chairs also. Wedding venues are popula...  more »
  • The grounds of this winery are simply amazing. My favorite spot is the floating patio, which guests walk down a pier to get to. It sits out in the middle of the pond and is really nice to just relax o...  more »
  • We made this our last stop during an afternoon of wine tasting and definitely saved the best for last. Here's the funny part, I was the designated driver and wasn't actually drinking, and yet I still ...  more »
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  • Went wine tasting with my wife and mother in law. My mother in law paid to join the annual membership and buy a case of 12 bottles that day but they refused to honor the complementary tasting for the member and 2 others because it was "ordered before the membership". We've never been treated that way in other tasting rooms and I consider the money grab on a technicality after spending $300 there to be of (forgive me) poor taste and terrible customer service. Save yourself some time and go to a real estate winery in eastern WA or Oregon. The wine was overall a 3 or 3.5 out of 5. Would still not go back or recommend.
  • It cost me one daughter. I'm okay with this. Great place for proposals, weddings, receptions. And the wine in top notch.
  • Exceptional and outstanding! Not just the wines, nor the gorgeous property, the grounds, the lake, the vineyard... but what a delightful owner/winemaker Walt is! A true gentleman who enjoys every detail of making wine for others to enjoy!
  • Ambience 5*. Prices are good and wine is great. People also are very very pleasant. Can't say enough good about them. Only negative is that they don't ship.
  • Love this place, great wine and Walt is a crowd pleaser
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