Woodinville’s Tinte Cellars is expanding to the historic Georgetown neighborhood with plans to open a new tasting room and event venue in the late fall of 2020.
The new facility, Tinte Cellars Georgetown, will be housed in a renovated turn of the century landmark building at 5951 Airport Way South.
The news of the expansion was released by Tinte Cellars spokesperson Katie Wilkinson in an Aug. 10 press release.
"I love the storyline of our newest property's historical evolution," said Teresa Spellman Gamble, who co-owns Tinte Cellars along with her husband, Tim Gamble. "Georgetown's history as a destination for revelers from Seattle before, during and after prohibition makes it a perfect location for us to provide hospitality to our club members in the city, south and west, as well as a chance to introduce our wines more readily to those in a variety of neighborhoods that are distanced from Woodinville."
The award-winning winery's production facility will remain in Woodinville, Wilkinson said. Tinte will also continue to welcome guests at its two tasting rooms in Woodinville wine country as before.
The century-old Georgetown location, Wilkinson said, was previously home to a general store, a folk-art shop, and butchery and smokehouse. Most recently, it was a notable scooter sales and service shop. The old neighborhood has also held a special place in the hearts of the Gambles.
"We fell in love with Georgetown after spending time in the area when our sons participated in a local rock band camp there a decade ago," said Spellman Gamble. "When the former scooter shop went up for sale, we jumped at the opportunity to add a new chapter to the historic building’s interesting story."
Menter Byrne Architects was hired to do the renovation and charged with the task of keeping the old soul of the building alive. Wilkinson said the original storefront character will be retained and will feature large pane windows and barn red and black shiplap siding. The tasting room and event venue will also have natural light, reclaimed timber and original accents.
"By retaining the integrity of the landmark structure, we're striving to maintain an authentic experience that reveres the storied past including traditional Washington winemaking," Tim Gamble said. "Tinte Cellars Georgetown will be a mix of refined elegance meets rustic. It will be an informal and flexible space with bright gallery walls to display local artists' work, reclaimed timber beams, concrete floors, and mobile, sleek European modern cabinetry."