Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition.
In 1967 under legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, a new line of premium vinifera wines was introduced called Ste. Michelle Vintners.
Four years later, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Since then, Old World winemaking traditions have been combined with New World innovation with Chateau Ste. Michelle being one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at a separate winery in Canoe Ridge, Eastern Washington.
The winemaking philosophy highlights the style, quality and expression of our Washington state vineyards with respect to the varietal characters and individuality of each location, yet still craft each wine to offer a pleasurable, food friendly experience.
Wine & Spirits magazine recently named Chateau Ste. Michelle a “Winery of the Year” for the 19th time, making it the most honored American winery and the second most honored winery overall in the past 27 years.
Eroica remains Ste. Michelle’s flagship Riesling, made in partnership with Ernst Loosen, whose Mosel estate is also a Top 100 Winery this year. In January Loosen flies over from Germany to help assemble the blend with the winemaking team.