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Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery:

Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the Ste. Michelle winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. They merged in 1954 to form American Wine Growers. In 1967, American Wine Growers began a new line of premium vinifera wines called “Ste. Michelle Vintners” under the direction of legendary California winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff.

Ste. Michelle Vintners planted its first vines at Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. Ste. Michelle Cold Creek remains one of the oldest and most renowned vineyards in the state. Chateau Ste. Michelle now owns more than 3,500 prime vineyard acres in the Columbia Valley.

Chateau Ste. Michelle combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation

In 1976, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle.

As Chateau Ste. Michelle grew, so did recognition for the increasingly top quality wines being produced in Washington state by Chateau Ste. Michelle . In 1984, Chateau Ste. Michelle led the way in obtaining federal recognition of the Columbia Valley in eastern Washington as a unique wine growing region or American Viticulture Area (AVA). Today, Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the wine industry, including “Wine Brand of the Year 2008,“ by Market Watch Magazine, “American Winery of the Year 2004” from Wine Enthusiast and “2005 Winery of the Year” by Restaurant Wine.

Chateau Ste. Michelle combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  the portfolio includes Columbia Valley wines styled to bring out the regions’ varietal character; Indian Wells wines celebrating the New World opulent style; Single Vineyard wines that epitomize the terroir of our estate vineyards; Ethos wines, our pinnacle tier that melds Old World complexity and elegance with concentrated Washington wine fruit; and the  Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series, a Meritage blend crafted for power and longevity.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. Chateau Ste. Michelle dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker, Bob Bertheau, to build programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, near Seattle. The red wines are made at Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.

Chateau Ste. Michelle dedicated approach to winemaking allows head winemaker Bob Bertheau to customize each Chateau Ste. Michelle to the unique specifications of Chateau Ste. Michelle  red and white wines. Bob and white winemaker Wendy Stuckey make the  white wines at the winery’s Woodinville Chateau, 15 miles northeast of Seattle.

Bob and our red winemaker craft our red wines at Chateau Ste. Michelle's winery at Canoe Ridge Estate in Eastern Washington near the town of Paterson. Situated on a steep slope with breathtaking views overlooking the Columbia River, the winery is located adjacent to our Vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate, which is LIVE and Salmon Safe certified and located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.

Chateau Ste. Michelle has spent decades investing in quality vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, the finest winemaking equipment, and world-class, top winemaking talent. This commitment to quality has led Chateau Ste. Michelle to earn some of the highest accolades in the wine industry today.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winemakers and artists have drawn inspiration from one another for centuries. For Artist Series Meritage wines,Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau crafts exceptional Bordeaux-style blends of unique power and character that honor world-class artisans such as Dale Chihuly, Alden Mason and Andre Petterson.

Ethos tier is comprised of limited production wines of unique style and power. Chateau Ste. Michelle Head winemaker Bob Bertheau integrates bold Washington wine fruit with European-style complexity and structure to craft our pinnacle, ;Best of the Vintage; wines. Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos, meaning “character in Greek, is crafted in the winemaker;s vision and represents the distinctive spirit of Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Single Vineyard wines are purposely crafted to emphasize the unique character of the Chateau Ste. Michelle estate vineyards whose names they carry: Cold Creek, Horse Heaven and the vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate. Each varietal highlights the site-specific character of the fruit, showcasing the ultimate ;Sense of Place
Indian Wells grapes are sourced from their namesake Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard, along with a variety of other warm-climate Washington vineyards that range from the Wahluke Slope to Cold Creek Vineyard. Chateau Ste. Michelle wines are created in the luscious, opulent New World style, ensuring their distinctively rich, round and full-bodied flavor profile.

Chateau Ste. Michelle source grapes from all over WashingtonColumbia Valley to produce consistent Washington style wines of unparalleled quality, unique complexity and exceptional fruit intensity. Whether your planning your next dinner party or trying Chateau Ste. Michelle for the first time, our Columbia Valley wines are a great place to start.

Eroica wines are a testament to our commitment of combining Old World philosophy and technique with New World attitude. It is a winemaking collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Bob Bertheau and famed Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen, from the Chateau Ste. Michelle vineyard to the bottle. The widely acclaimed and uniquely ageable Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling sets the bar for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Leadership.

There much to be said about our small lot, limited release wines. These innovative wines are crafted each year by our winemaking team exclusively for our Vintage Reserve Club members and made available online and at our Tasting Room. Not to be missed, these wines showcase our passion for wine and our appreciation of our Chateau Ste. Michelle club members.