Westport Winery’s Elk River Riesling earned a gold medal at the 2016 Seattle Wine Awards held in May. The grapes for this wine were grown at Red Willow Vineyards in the Yakima Valley AVA. Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts said, “This is one of the oldest most prestigious vineyards in the state and on every top ten list of Washington vineyards.” This wine is unique due to its site and history since it will often exhibit the flavor and aroma of cloves in addition to the classical Riesling profile.
Swimmer Petite Sirah earned a bronze medal at this competition featuring grapes from Jones Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope.
Each of Westport’s labels benefits a different local charity. A portion of the proceeds from Elk River benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation while some proceeds from Swimmer are dedicated to the Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.
Additionally, each wine is commemorated in the garden resort with a sculpture by a local artist. The Swimmer sculpture created by Elma artist Frank Ratte is located in the new Beauty From Ashes Garden. The Elk sculpture by Ernest Kunz of Raymond is located at the entrance to the winery’s plant nursery. The winery’s 15-acre display gardens are open to the public and free to enjoy.
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 and received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015.
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 and offers lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.