Visitors flock to Woodinville for the long list of wineries and tasting rooms. And now, a new multi-winery destination will create a central hub of flavors from Mark Ryan Winery, Long Shadows Vintners, Fidélitas Wines and Latta Wines.
“Woodinville has become a dynamic community of wineries and tasting rooms with a growing food scene that offers something for everyone, from casual consumers to collectors,” said Dane Narbaitz, president of Long Shadows Vintners. “We’re really excited to be a part of all the continued growth and expand our footprint here.”
The new tasting rooms aim to open during the summer of 2022, Narbaitz said, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of Long Shadows this year.
Teatro ZinZanni, a circus dinner theater that began in Seattle, had originally claimed the site. But plans changed due to challenges during the pandemic, Narbaitz said. The Old Redhook Brewery previously occupied the space, which sits across the street from Chateau Ste. Michelle and next door to Willows Lodge.
With the new vacancy, Narbaitz said, the building’s landlord saw an opportunity to transform the site into a wine destination.
“The focus in our tasting rooms has always been about offering memorable and educational experiences that properly showcase the quality and history of our wines and Washington wines in general,” Narbaitz wrote in an email. “The new tasting room will allow us to do it in a more upscale setting while offering a more elevated overall experience for our guests and club members.”
He said the complex will include modern industrial design elements such as steel beams, exposed concrete and wood finishes. The goal is to create “a very inviting space that’s attractive and comfortable, not sterile or pretentious,” he said.
Long Shadows will occupy 7,400 square feet, which is a 60% increase in size compared to its current tasting room in Woodinville. Narbaitz said the winery plans to maximize the open design concept to double its seating capacity.
While nothing has been finalized yet, Narbaitz hopes to offer library tastings, food pairings and wine dinners in two private and expandable rooms. Wine club members will have exclusive access to the rooms, he added.
On the main level, roll-up doors will open to a tree-lined courtyard and outdoor patio. Narbaitz added that two small group tasting rooms can be combined for a larger group. As guests make their way to the second floor, both a covered and exposed deck space with overhead heaters will allow for year-round use.
Latta Wines has been on the hunt to create unique and interesting flavors ever since it entered the market in 2015, owner Andrew Latta said. The winery will offer strictly wine because “that’s what they do best,” he said.
“It's just a great group of wineries to be around,” Latta said. “[Latta Wines] is one of the youngest wineries there, so it’s a good opportunity for us.”
The Latta Wines tasting room will encompass 3,000 square feet, he said. Latta currently operates his wine production in the SoDo Urbanworks of Seattle. He said the new location will offer more room for guests.
Charlie Hoppes, founder and owner of Fidélitas Wines, turned his passion into a multi-decade career starting in the 1980s before winemaking was as popular as it is now, according to the company website. He grew up in central Washington and worked in the local farms and orchards during his summer breaks.
After a short time in California, Hoppes returned to Washington. He was hired by Chateau Ste. Michelle in 1990, where he helped craft premium red wines, the website states.
During the winter of 1999, Hoppes decided to follow his dream of starting his own project, which turned into Fidélitas Wines.
The site’s abundant parking situation drew the wineries to the location in the first place, said Mark Ryan, owner and founder of Mark Ryan Winery.
“Currently being in the Hollywood District with maybe the most challenging parking on the planet, anything's going to be an improvement,” Ryan said. “I do suspect that the parking will be much improved.”
Ryan was given the freedom to build the space from “the ground up” to create an edgy style while preserving a refined look, he said.
“We’ve always been space-challenged in our existing space,” he said. “We're going to be able to pull some of the same elements that we've always worked with, like edgy rock posters and great rock photography. And then, we have some cool motorcycles that we're going to unveil.”
Mark Ryan Winery provides small snack options but plans to rely on its neighbors at the Barking Frog restaurant and Willows Lodge for more elaborate food choices, Ryan said. Tastings will be reserved by appointment in the new location, he added.
Ryan also said he looks forward to working with the three other wineries.
“There’s a mutual respect and friendship among all of us that should also allow for some fun and collaborative events within the complex and grounds,” Narbaitz said.