Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

When I think about the rise in popularity of Washington State wines, I immediately think of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, which produces over 50% of the total Washington output. This high-quality behemoth, by itself, is one of the top wineries in the world, but when one adds Ste. Michelle Estate Wines, it may be the grandest of all. Here are some interesting and even spectacular moves by Chateau Ste. Michelle:


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle.

    One of the largest and most beautiful wineries in the world in Woodinville near Seattle.

  • Recently created one of the largest and most up-to-date tasting rooms in the world with over 300,000 visitors in 2018.
  • Owns a massive 3,500 acres of prime vineyards and contracts with individual growers for 25,000 more vineyard acres.
  • Owns Columbia Crest Winery, which produces some of the best-value wines in the world.
  • Joint venture with Germany’s iconic Ernst Loosen to create Eroica.
  • Partnership with Tuscany’s heralded Marchesi Antinori to create Col Solare.
  • Purchase of 14 Hands, Northstar and Spring Valley wineries in Washington. Oregon
  • Purchase of top-echelon Erath Winery. Has since expanded its production by five times.


What comes next is almost equally impressive.  Ste. Michelle Estate Wines now owns the following California wineries, each a gem with world-class wines: Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon bested Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1970 and Chateau Haut-Brion 1970 in the now-famous 1976 Paris tasting; Napa Valley’s Conn Creek Winery, which has one of the premier “blend your own wine” programs in an attempt to out-blend their winemakers with your own version of Anthology, their fabulous $65 Cabernet; and Sonoma’s Patz & Hall Winery, long appreciated for some of the most prized Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in California. And add to that, a second partnership with Marchesi Antinori, Antica Winery, which is located high on Atlas Peak with the most spectacular view of thousands of acres of vineyards throughout Napa Valley, including 600 of their own along with 600 more unplanted acres.

Highly Recommended Wines

I have tasted many wines from each of these, but to be current, in May I visited Chateau Ste. Michelle, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Conn Creek and Antica. Of the wines recently tasted, here are the best – all highly recommended:

An Unforgettable Experience

Seattle, particularly Woodinville, 20 minutes north, is a mandatory touring destination for all oenophiles. While there, prime time should be spent visiting Chateau Ste. Michelle – an unrivaled, coruscating jewel in wine country.