We want you to make a date with the friendliest wine region in the state! Check out the great events we have planned this year. Learn a few tips on having the best wine tasting experience on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail.
Join the wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills to celebrate the Halloween at the Annual Hallowine event. HalloWine is a themed weekend in the Rattlesnake Hills where participating wineries 'dress' their tasting rooms in Halloween motif. Pumpkin-carving contests, Costume contests, treats and special discounts on wine! Learn More
Wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills will be pouring a selection of fine wines, easy to share with family and friends over the holiday season. This weekend you can also enjoy food and wine pairings at each of our participating wineries. There is no charge for this event; some wineries may charge a small tasting fee. Learn More
1717 1st Ave, 2pm-4pm
Come make a beautiful lighted wine bottle at Severino Cellars on Sunday, November 12th from 2pm-4pm. You will have an amazing time decorating a wine bottle for the holidays! Introducing Chalk Couture's reusable stencils and chalkology pastes! Once you are happy with your festive wine bottle, top it off with a string light cork! Price includes all materials, your decorated lighted wine bottle, instructions, demonstrations, and a nice glass of WINE! Come on ladies we need to empty some bottles for our next project. For tickets please go here
209 N Bonair Road, 1pm-4pm
Join us at Tanjuli Winery for a short course on the making of Grape Vine Wreaths. The classes will run from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm every Sunday in November. We will provide the materials and a special holiday wine tasting. Our master crafts instructor Linda Canary will guide you through the art of creating a holiday wreath from grape vines. Cost is $20 per person at the door. Come enjoy the Holiday magic at Tanjuli Winery.
Some tips on how to have the best wine tasting experience on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail:
Stop at the first Rattlesnake Hills winery in the Yakima Valley, depending on the direction, and pick up a brochure/map to help you get around. If you are coming from the west, stop at Bonair Winery off of exit 50. If you are coming from the east, stop at Horizon's Edge, following the signs from exit 63.
Plan to visit no more than 5 wineries in a day. That allows you time to experience each winery, talk with the staff at the counters and learn a little about the wines.
Don’t be shy about walking up to the wine tasting bar – that’s what it’s there for!
Don’t feel bad about dumping the wine in the spit buckets. It doesn’t reflect badly, and actually shows you are being responsible by tasting instead of drinking.
Let the staff know you are new tasters. They will be happy to help you in the learning process about Yakima Valley wines, and appreciate it when you let them know you are new to tasting. Several wineries do a great job of teaching people about tasting wine and pairing it with food.
Purchase a $10 Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail Passport at any member winery (or the Yakima Visitors Information Center — you’ll receive good discounts on the wine purchases with it.
On event weekends like Spring Barrel and Red Wine & Chocolate remember to bring a wine glass or be prepared to purchase one at a Yakima Valley winery along the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail. Glasses prices vary at each winery depending on what type of glass they are offering.
Drink water between wineries to help keep you hydrated and to prepare your palate for the next tasting. Crackers and cheese are a good idea to bring along as well, or pack a lunch. Many of the wineries offer picnic tables or places to enjoy your lunch or snack. Otherwise, stop at Bonair Winery for tapas, or drive into Zillah for lunch.
Have a designated driver. Even though you sip (or spit), it’s wise to allow someone who isn’t tasting to do the driving.
Enjoy! We are not wine snobs in the Rattlesnake Hills – we want you to have fun and a great experience, so relax, laugh with us, and enjoy the experience!