6 Things to Know About Maryhill Winery

Among more than 800 wineries in the state, Maryhill stands out as a must-visit destination.
Terrace at Maryhill Winery
Terrace at Maryhill Winery

Owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold chose the Columbia River Gorge as the home for their winery and opened the doors in 2001. At the time, production hovered around 4,300 cases a year—but that number has increased to more than 80,000 today. And while great wine is, of course, the focus, it’s not the only reason to visit. Here’s what you need to know for an unforgettable experience.

The winery has an annual wine sale with 35% off.

Just in time for the holiday season (Nov. 18-26 in 2017), Maryhill hosts their annual Holiday Wine Sale. There will be special releases and wine tastings—even breaking out exclusive pours of the Vineyard Series. You’ll have the opportunity to scoop up some fantastic bottles at great prices, whether you take advantage of up to 35 percent off all wine purchases, or up to 50 percent off case specials. The hardest part will be choosing from the 50-plus wines that Maryhill produces, including more than 30 varietals and blends. So if you’re an oenophile that seeks out top-notch Syrah, are in the mood for Sauvignon Blanc, or anything in between, the selection here will have you covered. The sale is available online or in the tasting room.

Live music plays a big role throughout the summer.

If you’re sitting on a vine-covered, open-air terrace with a glass of wine in hand, what could be more perfect? The answer is great music, and there is plenty of it during the warmer months. Kicking off Memorial Day weekend, Live Music On the Terrace is a summer tradition that takes place every weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. Various acts specializing in everything from jazz to rock have made the event so popular that there’s even a “Live Music On the Terrace” CD. Released yearly, the compilation showcases many of these talented performers. Buy the new edition online or at the winery—all proceeds benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Another awesome feature is the 4,000-seat amphitheater, which hosts a world-class summer concert series. The natural acoustics of the Columbia Gorge and a sprawling green lawn create an ideal venue for the 2017 lineup, boasting Santana, ZZ Top and the Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, Steve Winwood, and the Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips.

Maryhill was named the Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year in 2015.

No stranger to awards, Maryhill has claimed more than 3,000 of them since 2001. One of the most prestigious came when Wine Press Northwest named it the Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year for 2015, citing the Leutholds’ forward-thinking vision. The year prior, the winery earned accolades like 2014 Winery of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and was noted among the World’s Top 10 Wineries by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists. Not to mention the dozens of individual awards bestowed upon different vintages that Maryhill has produced.

Tasting rooms and tours make for an immersive wine experience.

At a winery of this size, what and how you sip becomes a matter of choosing from the array of options. Open daily except for select holidays, the main tasting room is the heart of the winery. Belly up to the antique, intricately carved Brunswick bar to delight in a mixed flight of classic and reserve wines for $10 (the tasting fee can be applied toward a $20 purchase); friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the tasting. Or, opt for the reserve tasting room — a $20 fee grants VIP access to limited-production and library wines, typically reserved for members of the Premium Wine Club. If a tour is more your speed, the Glimpse of Maryhill runs on Saturdays and Sundays and provides a quick behind-the-scenes look at the facility. For a more custom experience, make a reservation for a personal tour and tasting.

Maryhill has also set the stage for a second tasting room to open in fall 2017. Responding to growing demand for its wine in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene metro region, Maryhill Winery will set roots in downtown Spokane, where owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold are both natives. The winery plans to open its first satellite tasting room in Kendall Yards on the north bank of the Spokane River. It will offer visitors the same world-class experience and high-quality, affordable wines that can be found at its headquarters in Goldendale, Washington. 

The scenery surrounding the Columbia Gorge wine region is stunning.

Set on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River, Maryhill Winery certainly capitalizes on its prime location. The panoramic vistas of Mount Hood can’t be beat, and the beauty of south-central Washington is on full display. With lush, rolling hills rippling across the landscape, it’s no surprise to hear the area referred to as “the Mediterranean of the Northwest.” And since the Columbia Valley appellation typically enjoys a warmer climate compared to other parts of the state, you’re likely to soak up the views and sunshine at the same time.

An assortment of amenities makes the winery welcoming to everyone.

Wine may be an adult beverage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the kiddos. Maryhill prides itself on not only being a family-friendly establishment, but also one where dogs are welcome too. You can bring your four-legged friend on a leash year-round, but score complimentary tastings during special Dog Days events, thanks to Fido. You’ll also find four tournament-quality bocce courts on site, so bring some friends for a rousing match. When hunger strikes, create a picnic out of artisan meats, cheese and snacks available for purchase from the self-service deli. Lastly, a well-rounded calendar of events throughout the year affords plenty of reasons to make the trip to Goldendale.

Photo credits: Maryhill Winery, Jesse Larvick, Dean Davis Photography, Andrea Johnson