After I finished a couple of media interviews with a winery client in Woodinville this past weekend, I spent some time visiting a few other wineries in the warehouse and Hollywood schoolhouse districts. This eye-popping statistic came up during a conversation with a TR manager:
“Did you know that from where we’re standing,” he said, looking out at the schoolhouse roundabout, “that there are more than one hundred wineries within a three-mile radius?” His colleague overheard the comment and amended it. “Actually, I heard there is more than that – like 170 or so.”
The lower number is realistic. The membership roster on the Woodinville Wine Country website lists about 80 members and as in any wine region, not all of the wineries are members of the local regional association. Off the top of my head, I can think of five or so wineries that are missing from the WWC list, so another 15 or 20 doesn’t seem out of the question. But 170?
I’ve long thought that Woodinville offers the most diverse and interesting urban wine experience in the United States and the idea of 100+ wineries about six miles or less apart reinforces that. If the number goes way north from there, it would absolutely seal the deal.
Are there nearly 200 wineries operating in Woodinville? What do you think? And is that a good or bad thing for the area and community?