Just 30 minutes outside Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country is the gateway to Washington wine.

With most grape growing happening over the Cascade Mountains, on the state’s east side a two-hour drive away, Woodinville is poised close as a convenient wine tasting region. It is in this small, scenic Sammamish River Valley that fruit from the Eastside meets many of the best winemakers in the state.

Within the confines of Woodinville there are more than 140 wineries, wine bars and tasting rooms for visitors to sip and savor some of the best wines in the state, representing every appellation in Washington.

From the stately Chateau Ste. Michelle and quaint boutique wineries to the garagistes “garage” wineries producing small lots of limited production wines in area warehouses, Woodinville has a variety of wine styles sure to please just about every oenophile.

As if all the wine options are not enough, Woodinville offers up top microbreweries, distilleries, cideries and dining spots for visitors to have a total wine country lifestyle experience.

Start your adventure at the new Woodinville Visitor Center, 14700 148th Ave NE, Woodinville. The Center is open 11 a.m. – 3 pm. Daily. Touring maps and magazines are available at the door and online.

Another online planning tool, the event calendar, tips travelers off to various tasting room events and activities. Visit www.woodinvillewinecountry.com for details.

Through several special events and activities, you can discover more of what Woodinville offers.

The 2017 Passport to Woodinville Wine Country is your ticket to premier wine and craft beverage destinations. Taste award-winning wine, beer and spirits in a single weekend, or throughout 2017, with a gratis tasting fee at more than 60 wineries, brewers and distilleries. The Passport also guarantees special discounts at Woodinville Wine Country events throughout 2017. Passports are available at most Western Washington Costco locations.

Looking to pick up some special selections available nowhere else? Attend the Winecraft: Spring Wine Auction. One of a kind wine auction lots from world-class winemakers will be on the block May 21, 2017. All the fun benefits the Woodinville Wine Association and the Northshore Schools Foundation.

Visit the Woodinville Wine Country display at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting on Sunday, Feb. 26. See for yourself how much this destination has to offer.