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Bethany Vineyard & Winery, Ridgefield

(20+ reviews on the web)
Winery / Vineyard
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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  • Bethany has a wonderful selection of wines, red and white. The vintner, Walt Houser, is there Friday-Sunday to pour your tastings and explain the highlights of each variety. He and his staff are alway...  more »
  • We stopped here after a "drive by" of 3 Brothers. Certainly made the right choice :) This place has the ambience of wine country in spades. Walt and Anna - delightful. Sampled a flight & food offering...  more »
  • We walked in and were greeted by the owner Walt and his staff . They were super friendly and explained how the wines were made , little history and story telling . Walt runs a great place, really good...  more »
  • Do yourself a favor and go here. You will be blown away that such an beautiful vineyard exists in little ol Ridgefield, WA
  • Beautiful wines, beautiful site, beautiful owners! Must visit!
  • I'm seriously shocked at the reviews that say they don't like any of the wines. We're originally from California and have been club members up and down the CA coast. From the Santa Cruz mountains, down to Paso Robles, Lodi and Sonoma. Bethany vineyards is the ONLY winery in this area we liked enough to become members at.
  • We've been members for one year now and we love ALL the wines...we have the hardest time making decisions every quarter because they're all SO good!
  • Wonderful owner. Had a great time and great wine. What more could one ask for?