Washington Wine Month Stop #6: Westport Winery
The 6th stop on our Washington Winery tour is chalk full of delicious surprises and we’re not just talking about the wine.
See for yourself how diverse this treasure by the sea is.
About the Winery:
Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea was named King 5 Evening Magazine’s 2012 Best Wine Tour, the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest and was King 5 Evening Magazine’s 2010 Best Destination Winery.
Grays Harbor’s first winery and vineyard welcomes visitors daily to sample the winery’s 33 award-winning red, white, and fruit wines.
Westport Winery features much more than just wine for visitors. Their Farm to Fork restaurant is open for lunch daily and for dinner on Friday and Saturday. In the beginning of 2012 the family added a bakery to their project open daily in the tasting room with homemade from scratch pies, cakes, cookies, bars, and of course, cupcakes.
The winery is known for its commitment to the community by being open daily and by donating a portion of the proceeds from each wine to support local charities. The 66.5-acre farm is certified salmon safe and grows grapes, berries, tree fruit, herbs, and produce.
Look for the 40-foot lighthouse halfway between Westport and Aberdeen on Highway 105 to find friends, food, fun, and incredible wine.
Blain and Kim Roberts founded Westport Winery on the urging of WSU agricultural extension agent, Don Tapio. “You should plant a vineyard and open a winery. It will be historic,” he told them.
They purchased the land now known as Vineyards By-the-Sea in February 2007 and opened Westport Winery in March of 2008. Their love of the water and the community’s seafaring history are reflected in each of Westport Winery’s buildings.
Both their son and daughter are involved with Westport Winery. Their son, Dana, is their winemaker and their daughter, Carrie, manages the tasting room.
In addition to their commitment to the business, everyone in the Roberts family has a passion for the sea and Washington’s coastal community. They express their passion by crafting great wines in a friendly atmosphere. Separately, they are ordinary individuals. As a team they complement each other to create a place and products that surpass expectations. Together the family selects a local charity to benefit from each of their wines. Their passion is the community. They express that passion by creating great wines and lasting memories.
The Roberts’ family loves art just as much wine. By commissioning artwork from locals, friends and their personal collections, Westport Winery has a diverse library of wine labels.
Some of the most memorable labels include water color paintings from their 73-year-old professional surfer friend in California and under water portraits from Blain Roberts.
And if the labels weren’t enough to make Westport memorable, the winery itself has a sculpture garden commemorating each of the winery’s labels.
Today numerous sculptures from local artists grace the gardens and vineyards of Westport Winery. Every time their collection of wine labels grow, the sculpture garden grows as well!
About the Grapes, Other Crops and Production:
Another 15 acres is dedicated to 5000 irises, 2000 blueberries, 1000 raspberries, 1000 blackberries, 250 huckleberries, 100 apple trees, 100 Asian pear trees, hundreds of strawberries, a multitude of other fruit trees including peach, plum, and cherry, two produce gardens, and a culinary herb garden on the property. These crops contribute to the wine, culinary classes, restaurant and farm stand. The final 40 acres are allocated to timber and is where the compost center is located.
The matching production building constructed in 2007 is where the grapes are crushed and pressed, juices fermented, blended and tested. It houses the variable capacity stainless steel tanks, oak barrels, grape bins, poly tanks, chillers, pumps and filters.
Next to the production building is warehouse which was built in 2009. It houses bottled wine, bottling supplies, tools and farm equipment. This is where each year’s wine is bottled in the spring with a mobile bottling truck. Some wine is still hand bottled.
All the buildings feature US Coast District 13 colors and were designed to reflect the architecture of Westport’s old Coast Guard Station and Maritime Museum.
About the Wines:
At Westport Winery quality is attained through thoughtful creativity and adventuresome science. The wines are made with food, friends, and fun in mind—the awards garnered are simply frosting on the cake. With thirty-two wines available for tasting, there is surely a winner for every palate.
Click here is visit Westport Winery’s entire wine portfolio.
1 South Arbor Road Phone: 360-648-2224 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.westportwinery.org/
Aberdeen, WA 98520
1 South Arbor Road