In Wine Press Northwest’s summer issue Westport Winery’s Elk River Riesling was placed in the top fifteen Rieslings from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. With an “Outstanding” rating, it is considered a wine with superior character and highly sought after.
The editors wrote, “Using grapes from famed Red Willow Vineyard, winemaker Dana Roberts has crafted of his best Riesling to date. Aromas of dusty minerality, apricot and pineapple lead to appealing flavor of ripe pear.”
Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts said, “Our relationship with the Sauer family at Red Willow is invaluable. They are incredibly conscientious about the quality of their fruit and forward-thinking in their farming techniques. Our family’s respect for their overall approach is the reason we harvest the majority of our fruit with them.” Red Willow Vineyard is located in the Yakima Valley AVA and known as pioneers in the grape growing industry. Elk
A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The sculpture commemorating this wine was crafted by Raymond artist Ernest Kunz.
Westport Winery was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine for six of the past eight years. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.
Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily offering lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.