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Columbia Winery to cut the ribbon on major expansion, new banquet hall

Columbia Winery

The Columbia Winery is celebrating completion of its expansion with three new banquet halls and has traded in its old blue look for a warmer peach color.
Photo by Matt Schroeder/Woodinville Weekly.

winery remodeling by Woodinville Weekly staff
WOODINVILLE--Columbia Winery is celebrating the grand opening of its expanded and remodeled Victorian-style winery and banquet facilities with a private ribbon-cutting ceremony May 29.
   The addition includes expanded office space as well as three new banquet rooms, including the Woodburne Room, featuring a fireplace and theater seating for 50; the Columbia North Room, also with a fireplace and with hardwood dance floor; and the Columbia South Room, with carpeted floors and a large private patio as well as a fireplace.
   Combined, the Columbia North and South Rooms will accommodate 350 to 400 people comfortably. These rooms are in addition to the existing board room, which features a cherrywood table that seats 16, a fireplace, a covered balcony, and scenic view of Woodinville's Sammamish Valley.
   The enhanced facility combines with Gretchen's Of Course and Atrium catering of Schwartz Brother's Restaurant.
   "There has been such an increase in tourism in Woodinville in the past few years due to the additions of the Spirit of Washington dinner train, the opening of the Redhook Ale Brewery, and increased marketing of Woodinville as a destination," said Max Zellweger, president of Columbia Winery.
   "We saw an opportunity to provide people with not only a place for a fun excursion, but also a place they could come and celebrate special occasions or enjoy corporate retreats," Zellweger said. "We are excited about the results and our ability to handle even more banquet operations at the winery."
   Reed Reinvald Johnson and Willows Architects of Tacoma designed the addition. Rushforth Construction Co. of Tacoma broke ground in October 1995, and Seattle designer Joe Stiffler of J.O.E. Associates was responsible for the interior.
   The Columbia Winery is located at 14030 NE 145th Street in Woodinville, 30 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle.