Wildridge, a Family-run Boutique Winery Since 1988
Wildridge is a family-run winery and distillery operating with traditional European traditions. It is the oldest winery in Seattle and was set up in 1988. Their first vineyards were planted in 2007, and in 2017, the company added a brandy distillery using apples, pears, and grapes are grown on their estate. It is the first certified organic, SalmonSafe, and biodynamic vineyard and Winery in Washington State. For more than 30 years, Paul Beveridge has been making wines here that showcase the features of the gifted terroir. He is not a fan of new world wines, and most of his wines are made in the European style. In the beginning, Wildridge wines were well received by customers. Paul expanded the winery in 1996 and extended the capacity to produce 2000 cases of wine annually.
The Biodynamic and Organic Practices
Paul Beveridge upheld his European philosophy when he planted his own vineyards near Yakima on Naches Heights using biodynamic and organic methods. The microclimate, soil, and rainfall are perfect in the region for the cultivation of vines. It is essential to take care of the vineyards to make good wines. The use of organic methods allows them to maintain balance with the ecosystem and protect their vineyards for future use. The typical grape types that grow in the region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Barbera, Syrah, Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Roussanne, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc. These grapes are used to make their award-winning red, white, rose, and sparkling wines.