Northwest NEWS

March 11, 2002


Ste. Michelle celebrates 25 years, offers historical tour

Chateau Ste. Michelle will host a special historical tour of the winery grounds March 24 in honor of the winery's 25th anniversary in Woodinville and Washington Wine Month (March).
   The event will provide a glimpse into the past of the winery's 87-acre Woodinville estate, once home to Seattle lumber baron Fredrick Stimson.
   The tour starts at 2 p.m. and the cost is $15 per person, which includes wine tasting and a commemorative Chateau Ste. Michelle wine glass.
   The journey will begin in the Stimson family summer home, which was built in 1912 and listed on the National Historic Registry, head past the trout pond and Stimson's carriage house to a field overlooking the valley, where guests will hear about nearby landmarks, including the railroad tracks, schoolhouse, Mabel's gas station, dairy farm and more.
   The tour returns to the winery with information about winemaking in Washington and ends with a tasting of Chateau Ste. Michelle wines.
   Originally founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State and has been producing European varietal wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle label since 1967.
   In 1976, the winery moved its operations from a Seattle warehouse to Woodinville, where it had built a French-style chateau on 87 wooded acres.
   For more information, call (425) 415-3300. The winery is located at 14111 NE 145th in Woodinville.