Music, Views and Wine in the Columbia Gorge.
Maryhill Winery is uniquely situated along the Columbia River Gorge. With a 4,000-seat amphitheater below the winery, they bring world class musicians to perform every summer. Come for the music, take in the gorgeous views and enjoy some wonderful Washington wine.
Summer Concert Schedule:
- Counting Crows and special guests The Wallflowers, Sunday, July 14, 6 p.m.
- Daryl Hall and John Oates , Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.
- Willie Nelson & Family, Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
Maryhill winery also has live music on the terrace this summer from 1-5 pm weekends.
It's not difficult to visit Maryhill Winery, it is an easy 100 mile drive along I-84 from Portland, Oregon. For me the drive from the Tri-Cities, Washington is almost a two hour drive along highway 14; easy to navigate and just twisty enough to make it fun.
Check the Maryhill website to purchase tickets.
|photo: Craig and Vicki Leuthold.|
In 1999, Craig and Vicki Leuthold established Maryhill Winery. In 2000, the Leutholds began construction on their winery just west of Maryhill Museum on a bluff overlooking Gunkel Vineyard, one of the state’s oldest and most established vineyard sites.
|photo: Patio view at Maryhill Winery.|
In May 2001, Maryhill Winery opened its doors. With a lot of hard work and determination, the Leutholds achieved their dream of creating a true destination winery with a 3,000-square-foot tasting room, a beautiful covered arbor, picnic grounds and an adjacent 4,000 seat amphitheater that hosts a world-class summer concert series. The winery has grown from a modest 4,300 case production in 1999 to more than 80,000 cases today.
|photo: 2012 West Coast Wine Competition Award.|
Named “2009 Washington Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest, Maryhill produces 19 varietals and a total of 27 award-winning wines. The winery welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year, has a 900+ member wine club and is distributed across the U.S.
Tasting Room & Grounds open daily 10-6 pm
(Last Tasting served at 5:30pm)
9774 HWY 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
The Columbia Gorge
The Columbia Gorge was carved out by epic glacial floods of 15,000 years ago. Here the Cascade Mountains restrict the Columbia River to a narrow passage. The strong currents of the Columbia River energize the power grid, while the persistent winds funneling down the Gorge turn sleek, modern wind turbines, supplying additional energy to the grid.
|photo: Gunkel vineyards below Maryhill Winery.|
Situated in the heart of this destination is Maryhill Winery. A winery with some of the most inspiring views and wines. Maryhill Winery is situated in the "sweet spot" of the Columbia Gorge for growing grapes.
|photo: Vicki Leuthold pointing out the sites below.|
The area has diverse micro-climates because it's situated at the transition point between the dry, warm side of eastern Washington and the cool, wet side of western Oregon. The Columbia Gorge AVA overlaps both Washington and Oregon.
|photo: Rachael Horn of AniChe Cellars (left) and Sierra Wright of The Pines 1852.|
While the Columbia River physically divides Washington from Oregon, there is a sense of community uniting the Columbia Gorge AVA. On my last visit to Maryhill Winery, I was impressed by the alliances which have been forged among wineries and grape growers.
It was my unexpected pleasure to enjoy a wine tasting at Maryhill Winery featuring the wines of AniChe Cellars and The Pines 1852 winery. This place is truly populated by people with heart and passion. Where the joy of a life's work melds so well with natures power and beauty. A destination where one can savor the view as well as the fruit of the harvest with good friends.
|photo: Setting sun on the Columbia Gorge.|
Visit Maryhill Winery and the Columbia Gorge this summer for the live music, the amazing views and the delicious wines. And take time to consider the place; pause, reflect and feel slightly humbled.
Where to Stay in the Columbia Gorge
My trip to Maryhill Winery last year included a nights stay in the Dalles, Oregon at the Celilo Inn. Celilo Inn is just minutes from Maryhill Winery, local attractions and recreation activities.
|photo: Celilo Inn above the Dalles, Oregon.|
The Celilo Inn is a recently renovated Motel and features 46 rooms and suites. Located on the bluffs of the Dalles, Oregon. It has an inspiring view of the Columbia River, the Bridge of the Gods and the Dalles Dam. They have a seasonal outdoor pool and a patio where you can relax by the fire as you watch the sun set.
|photo: View from the Celilo Inn.|
|photo: My room at the Celilo Inn.|
The facility was clean and well appointed. My bed was very comfortable, I slept well after a long day of walking and wine tasting.
The Celilo Inn also has a house red wine (Sangiovese) which you can purchase at the front desk and enjoy on their patio or in your room. I took a bottle home and thoroughly enjoyed it with pizza. That's a recommendation.
3550 E 2nd St. The Dalles, OR 97058