Westport Winery

Westport Winery

About

Grays Harbor’s first winery and vineyard welcomes visitors daily to sample over thirty wines and ciders including classic reds, elegant whites, popular fruit blends, tantalizing sparklers, and decadent dessert wines that have earned over 300 medals in international wine competitions. In keeping with the seafaring tradition of this community the winery was designed to reflect the architecture of a District 13 Coast Guard Station, including a 40-foot lighthouse. Inside, guests may sample gourmet foods and wine at the tasting bar or be seated in the Farm to Fork Restaurant & Bakery to relax with surf movies and coastal cuisine in a casual setting. Guests may shop the winery’s array of fine foods and eclectic gifts from the Northwest and around the world. Wrapping is free on everything from wine to custom gift baskets.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Aberdeen, Washington.

Features

  • Offering an incredible selection of gourmet food, apparel, books, and gifts.

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Estate Vineyards / AVA

Westport Winery is fortunate to have developed long-term relationships with some of Washington State's best grape growing families and most famous vineyards. The Roberts family selects their grape suppliers based on fruit quality, their ability to participate in growing practices, and their desire to develop long-term relationships with people they respect. These relationships are truly collaborative friendships.

Red Willow

The Gewurztraminer grape vine outside the front door is from one of Westport Winery’s blocks of grapes at Red Willow Vineyard west of Yakima. Red Willow is considered one of the top five vineyards in Washington State. This vine was cut off the end of one of our rows so that a better tractor access could be installed. Westport sources Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Sangiovese from Red Willow.

Red Willow Vineyard and Les Vignes de Marcoux are part of the 4th generation Stephenson family farm that dates back to the 1920's. Several family members are actively involved in running the vineyards. They include Mike and Karen Sauer, sons Jonathan and Daniel Sauer, and son-in-law Rick Willsey. The Sauer family spends some of their favorite time away from their vineyard clam digging and beachcombing from their cabin in Grayland.

Mike Sauer says, "In farming there is no substitute for the soil, water, and hard work. Inherently, the nature of farming brings a spiritual dimension to our efforts. There is a connection of past, present, and future generations. For us wine brings the soil, the site, the season, and the efforts of many people together into a single vintage. Later that vintage becomes a cherished memory of that year."

Mays' Discovery

Another important grape grower for the winery is May’s Discovery Vineyards in the Horse Heaven AVA. Kay May is a graduate of Aberdeen High School and met the Roberts when she was back homefor a reunion. Westport’s contract with the Mays is for Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. This vineyard is the farthest from Westport and the Roberts travel through Portland, up the Columbia and back into Washington to pick up this delightful fruit.

Upland

While serving on the Washington State Wine Commission Kim Roberts served with Upland Vineyard's Steve Newhouse. Steve's son Todd is now their primary contact at Upland which is located wholly within the Snipes Mountain American Viticulture Area in the heart of the Yakima Valley. Farming wine grapes since 1968, four generations of Newhouse family farming have helped maintain the Upland legacy. This is where Westport gets their Muscat Ottenol grapes.

Connor-Lee

The Connor Lee Vineyard was planted in the early 1980’s and acquired shortly after by Bill Connor and Rhody Lee. It is managed by Tom Thorsen and Jerry Bookwalter. On site management is provided by David Ayalla. The vineyard is planted at the upper East end of the Wahluke Slope on sandy glacial marine sediments left by the Missoula floods of the Pleistocene. The vineyard is noted for black currant and cassis notes in its Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Jerry's son John, owner of Bookwalter Winery, is Westport's consulting winemaker who guides Dana in crafting premium wines.

Songbird

Songbird, located in the famed Red Mountain AVA, is owned and managed by Dave and Jacquie Stephens. The Stephens moved to Benton City from Aberdeen, Washington, in 2004 to plant Sara Lee and Phelps Syrah clones in this then, relatively new grape growing area. Winery co-owner, Kim Roberts, has known Jacquie for over 30 years since Roberts’ days as a charterboat captain in Westport where Jacquie’s family also worked.

The Songbird vineyards produce grapes with exceptional flavors that come from the sandy loam soil which is high in calcium and alkaline. Typically, wines made from Red Mountain fruit express the terroir with great strength and richness, and have an exceptional balance of fruit, acidity, and tannin. Jacquie has a long history in grape growing at Red Mountain since 1985, when she and the rest of the Pearson family assisted her brother Larry, with the planting of Tapteil Vineyards.

Jacquie’s daughter Ashley is her family’s assistant winemaker and vineyard operations manager in Benton City. Jacquie’s eldest daughter Hillary Bearden practices law in Westport.

Two Blondes

Will Camarda's Two Blondes Vineyard 30 acre was planted in 2000 and is located in the Yakima Valley AVA. The vineyard manager is Chris Hoon. Westport contracts Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec in this world class site.

Hauling

Throughout the spring and summer Blain and Kim haul totes to Eastern Washington to stage their bins for harvest as Dana works with the growers inspecting at the vineyards with John. In Sepetmeber and October with weekly checks of the sugars, acids, and pH of the grapes the decision is made to pick. That's when Blain, Kim and the dogs, load into the truck with the flatbed behind and drive to the various vineyards. They return home with four tons of grapes in the early evening. That's when Dana and his crew begin processing the fruit that becomes some of the top wine in Washington State.

Awards

The winery earned the 2008 Pioneer Achievement Award and the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Montesano Chamber of Commerce and WSU Extension.

Reviews

1 Review
Chris Priamos Chris Priamos
Hoquiam WA
Terrible food & management didn't give a rip!

We were a party of four eating at the restaurant. The food was terrible, I called the next day and asked to speak with the manager. The manager didn't appoligize and simply denied our complaints that food was terrible. Sad cause I know the owner works very hard on keeping the business going yet the restaurant manager doesn't give a rip about customer service. Never again...

December 2016

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Hours

Mon - Sun: 11AM - 6PM (Until 8PM Friday and Saturday)

Address

1 South Arbor Road
Aberdeen, Washington 98520
United States

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