History of wine festivals in Woodinville
The festival that led to the wine festivities in Woodinville was the celebration of the reconstruction of NE 175th in October, 1983. A whole day of activities was planned for the ribbon-cutting of the newly widened and surfaced three-lane road after the long and dusty construction period.
The Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Chateau Ste. Michelle, staged the first Grape Stomp to be held in the State of Washington. Held in the parking lot at the Woodgate Mall, the event drew many competitive teams. The success of the Grape Stomp led to a chamber-sponsored festival the following year where the Gentle Dentist team took 1st place in the Grape Stomp. The Basset Bash, a Fire District Tug-of-War, and a performance of local dancers filled the day, still at the Woodgate Mall.
In 1985, the first Woodinville's Washington Wine and Food Festival attracted thousands to the new Park & Ride lot. Eighteen wineries poured their best vintages, a pianist played all day, and there was a formal dinner held that evening. The Woodinville Weekly team won first place in the Grape Stomp.
The following year, an art festival was added and 21 wineries poured. An Amateur Wine Making Contest was added, with homemade wines brought from throughout the state.
The Chamber voted in 1990 to change the wine festival to a family-oriented event and entitled it the Woodinville Family Fun Festival held on the grounds of both Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery. The focus changed to having family entertainment. The Grange started Woodinville Family Month during that time.
Also at that time, the Great Eastside Duck Race was added as an event and remained as part of the festivities through 1994.
In 1995, the event changed to a more upscale, adult-oriented event and featured more accomplished artists.
In 1996, Jeff Shaw, the new Woodinville Chamber of Commerce Executive Diretor, renamed the event to the Woodinville/Greater Seattle Wine Festival.