Wine notes

Updated: October 19, 2015 12:16 PM

A winery that has its own amphitheatre which hosts a world-class summer music concert series

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A winery that has its own amphitheatre which hosts a world-class summer music concert series

20151031eh35Craig Leuthold

Originally hailing from Spokane, WA, Craig and Vicki Leuthold cashed in their corporate careers and followed their dream of starting a winery in Goldendale, WA. Located at the southern tip of the Columbia Valley appellation, the area is not only an area of unsurpassed natural beauty; its warm climate, Walla Walla silt loam soil resting on remnants of the Missoula flood and steady breezes make it an ideal site for growing wine grapes.

In 2000, the Leutholds began construction on their winery just west of Maryhill Museum on a bluff overlooking Gunkel Vineyard, one of the state’s oldest and most established vineyard sites. The Gunkel family has successfully farmed the fertile lands surrounding Maryhill for four generations, growing world-class wine grapes used by the Leutholds and many other Washington state wine producers today.

20151031eh36Vicki Leuthold

In May 2001, Maryhill Winery opened its doors as one of only 100 wineries in the state. Today, there are more than 800 Washington wineries. With a lot of hard work and determination, the Leutholds achieved their dream of creating a true destination winery with a 3,000-square-foot tasting room, a vine-covered arbor, world-class bocce courts, picnic grounds and an adjacent 4,000 seat amphitheatre that hosts a world-class summer concert series.

The winery has grown from a modest 4,300 case production in 1999 to more than 90,000 cases today, making it the ninth largest winery in the state. The winery draws nearly 75,000 wine enthusiasts from around the globe each year, ranking among the top five most visited wineries in the state.

Made for music

Combine the natural acoustics of The Gorge with the stunning backdrop, and the Leutholds immediately saw the potential for a world-class concert venue. After all, what’s better than listening to your favourite artists with a great glass of wine and the sun setting behind the stage? Every summer the winery’s 4,000 seat amphitheatre hosts an all-star lineup, from John Legend and Counting Crows to Willie Nelson, Earth, Wind & Fire and Bob Dylan. The lineup is typically announced in April each year, with tickets going on sale in May.

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Awarded ‘2014 Winery of the Year’ by San Francisco International Wine Competition, ‘Top 10 Winery of the World’ by The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists, ‘2013 Winemaker of the Year’ by Indy International Wine Competition, ‘2009 Washington Winery of the Year’ by Wine Press Northwest Maryhill produces more than 50 award-winning varietals and blends. The winery welcomes more than 80,000 visitors per year, has a 1,500+ member wine club and is distributed across the United States.

Maryhill Winery is located in an climate for growing the highest quality wine grapes. With warm summer days, cool nights, moderate winters and a gentle breeze, the area has been referred to as the ‘Mediterranean of the Northwest’. The area supports a wide variety of grapes – including several difficult-to-grow varietals often stunted in many of the state’s other growing regions.

Maryhill produces more than 50 award-winning wines, showcasing the full breadth of what Washington state has to offer.

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