Now Pouring in the Olympic Peninsula
The Washington wine and cider scene has exploded in recent years, and some of the finest varieties are produced on the Olympic Peninsula. Explore the region’s craft beverages and taste what’s pouring.
You’ll find award-winning vintners in Sequim, Port Angeles, Chimacum, Nordland, Port Townsend, Belfair and Shelton. Spend some time at the tasting rooms and vineyards where you can meet the local wine makers. Sip, swirl and savor the fruits of their labors, and take home a taste of the Olympic Peninsula. These small-scale producers bottle just a few thousand cases a year, so you’re not likely to find these vintages at a big-box beverage store.
There are several special events throughout the year, including a spring barrel tasting and individual festivities at the wineries.
Trek the wine trail on your own, or book a tour and leave the navigating to the experts. And while you’re touring and tasting, check out other places on the Olympic Peninsula to explore and stay along the way.
Olympic Peninsula farms are making a splash turning their bounty into some of the most delicious ciders in Washington state. The Olympic Peninsula Cider Route, just south of the charming and artsy seaside community of Port Townsend, is a scenic course through fields, forests, farms and orchards. Three distinct destinations await thirsty visitors: Alpenfire Cider, Eaglemount Winery and Cidery and Finnriver Farm & Cidery.
Spend a leisurely afternoon tasting. The cideries are within just 10 miles of one other. Visit rustic tasting rooms, meet cider artisans in action and try their farm-to-bottle products—from award-wining contemporary and traditional ciders, to wine, mead, vinegars and more.
You can also find local ciders at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets in Port Townsend and Chimacum on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. A weekend stay in Port Townsend creates the perfect Olympic Peninsula package.
Breweries and Distilleries
Seven breweries and two distilleries have sprung up offering a variety of other beverage tastings. These establishments are worth a stop on any craft beverage route.
Annual Craft Beverages Festivals
- February: Red, White, Cider and Chocolate
- April: Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour
- July: Sequim Lavender Weekend Wine Tour
- August: Washington Wine Month
- September: Arts & Draughts
- October: Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival
- November: Harvest Wine and Cider Tour